With the busy start of the theater season fast approaching, we have some casting (and directing) news to share.
The Miami Lakes-based Alliance Theatre Lab is taking some of its efforts east to the Pelican Theatre on the Barry University campus. The company's second stage productions begin Sept. 8 when a production of Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning'night, Motheropens on the campus at 11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. Sally Bondi (in photo) plays an aging, dependant mother, with Aubrey Shavonn Kessler as her daughter in Norman's gripping play. Alliance ensemble member and resident playwright David Michael Sirois is staging the play, which runs through Sept. 25 with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 ($15 seniors, $10 students).
Also at the Pelican, Alliance will present The Lab Project, a serious of short plays by Sirois. Troy Davidson and Barry students appear in the shows, and Barry alum Mcley Lafrance directs. The lab shows happen at 8 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12-23. Admission is $10 ($5 for Barry students). For info or tickets, call 305-259-0418 or visit the Alliance web site.
Amy McKenna will play the manipulative Alexa Vere de Vere inthe Rising Action Theatre's production of Douglas Carter Beane's As Bees in Honey Drown, with Andrew wind playing opposite her as gay writer Evan Wyler.
Also in the cast are Sahid Arnaud-Pabon, Peter Librach, Clelia Myers and Breeza Zeller. The play, previously done in South Florida at the Caldwell Theatre Company, will be directed by Avi Hoffman. The show runs Sept. 9-Oct. 9 at Fort Lauderdale's Sunshine Cathedral, 1840 SW Ninth Ave. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $35. Call 1-800-595-4849 or visit the Rising Action web site for details.
Plantation's Mosaic Theatre, which kicks off its season Sept. 15-Oct. 9 with Michael Weller's Side Effects (starring Carbonell Award winners Deborah L. Sherman and Jim Ballard, directed by Richard Jay Simon), has signed a veteran TV actor to star in its Nov. 10-Dec. 4 production of Eric Simonson's Lombardi. Ray Abruzzo, whose credits include The Sopranos, The Practice and Dynasty, will play legendary Green Bay Packers football coach Vince Lombardi opposite Carbonell-winning actress Laura Turnbull.
Mosaic performs at the American Heritage Center for the Arts, 12200 W. Broward Blvd., Bldg. 3000, Plantation. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $39.50 ($34 for seniors, $15 for students). For info, call 954-577-8243 or visit the Mosaic web site.