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Putting the 'fun' in fundraiser

GableStage, which has often turned over its Biltmore Hotel space to other companies for readings, fundraisers and productions, has a couple of those events coming up -- capped off by its own Nov. 13 fundraiser, which will not be at the Biltmore.

Tic2_wkend07_dave_barryPulitzer Prize winning humor columnist and author Dave Barry will headline the event at Ransom Everglades School, 3575 Main Hwy. in Coconut Grove.  The location, as you may know, is on the other side of the street from the long-closed Coconut Grove Playhouse, which will (if everything goes as planned) become the new home to GableStage once a 300-seat theater is built on the site.

The event begins with a cocktail reception at 7 p.m., followed by Barry and others -- including Adolfo Henriques, Gwen Margolis, Michael Putney, Glenna Milberg, Claudia Potamkin and Jennifer Getz -- reading from his work at 8 p.m.  Also on the program are selections from GableStage's current touring production of Romeo and Juliet(adapted for school audiences by Arturo Fernandez, artistic director of the Ground Up & Rising company) and presentation of GableStage's first Outstanding Commitment to the Arts Award to outgoing Miami-Dade County commissioner Katy Sorenson.

The money from the fundraiser -- $150 per person for general admission, $250 for special seating -- goes to fund GableStage's educational programming.  For info, call 305-445-1119 or visit GableStage's web site.

As for the on-site events at GableStage, which is located in the Biltmore at 1200 Anastasia Ave. in Coral Gables, the first is a staged-reading benefit for Family Counseling Services of Greater Miami at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.  The South Florida Writers Association (SFWA) will present readings of three short plays:  Dorothy Danaher White's The Planets Speak, Margaret McLaughlin's The Strangers and Anne Dichele's Debbie Squared.  Suggested admission is $15.  Email terebend@yahoo.comor visit the SFWA web site for reservations.

On Nov. 8, the Alliance Theatre Lab takes over the GableStage space for a staged reading of Mark Della Ventura's Small Membership, a piece about male insecurity (which comes with a strong language/adult content warning).  Suggested admission to the Alliance fundraiser is $10 (students $5).  Email thealliancelab@aol.com or phone 305-259-0418 for info.

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