First up, this Saturday, is a free play-reading festival at St. John's on the Lake, 4760 Pine Tree Dr., Miami Beach. Two plays will be read: first, at 5 p.m., is artistic director Arturo Fernandez's impressive (and appropriately titled) September 10th; then, at 8 p.m., Ground Up reads Stephen Adly Guirgis' Little Flower of East Orange. The actors performing in the readings are Fernandez, Collin Carmouze, Curtis Belz, Claudio Pinto, Jenny Lorenzo, David Gallegos, Rachel Chin, Jason Edelstein, Jehanne Seralles, Marckenson Charles and Reggie Beaubrun.
The following weekend, Ground Up launches what Fernandez dubs "The Zero Point Project." The idea, he explains, is to build young audiences by offering minimalist productions in nontraditional venues for just $7 per ticket. The project's first offering is Sam Shepard's True West, featuring Carmouze, Belz and Pinto, directed by Fernandez.
The Zero Point Project continues at 8 p.m. Sept. 26-27 with Danny Hoch's Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop. That one will be presented at GableStage in the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Tickets are $7 and available via the GableStage box office at 305-445-1119 or the company's web site.
The show will be performed at 8 p.m. Sept. 17-18, Sept. 23 and Sept. 25 at St. John's on the Lake. Tickets are available by calling 1-866-811-4111, or visit the Ground Up & Rising web site.
Fernandez adds that, if all goes well, the company plans to present True West and Jails, Hospitals & Hip Hop at the new South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center this fall.