The college theater program at Miami's New World School of the Arts expects plenty of its students as they prepare to jump into their careers. The rigorous training culminates in an event that is both a challenge and a gift for graduating seniors: Under the guidance of theater division professor David Kwiat, the students write, produce and act in one-person shows. The pieces not only showcase their talents in a tailor-made way, but they also give the young professionals a play they can do again and again as they're building a body of work.
Fourteen seniors will present their solo pieces in this year's collection of One-Person Shows, running Thursday to Dec. 17 in the Louise O. Gerrits Theater on the eighth floor of the New World building at 25 NE Second St., Miami. Best of all, you can catch all these new shows and fresh talent for free.
The shows are grouped into three programs. Bill A features Elaine Flores in Pandamonium, O'Neil Delapenha in The Adventures of Kidney Man, Devon Dassaw in Oo, Mr. Corey, You Bad, Lyndsay McLaren in The King's Daughter and Alma Rose Hoyos in Home Is Where the Corazon Is.
On Bill B are Ashley Chang's Mary Sunshine, Christian Vandepas' Until Then, Heslens Estevez's Do I?, Ryan Jacobs' Boy of Wonder and Luis Restrepo's The Magical Journey of Abraham and the Moon. Bill C features Gerardo Pelati's Hey Shorty, Armando Diaz's Cockroach Confessions, Lauren Tepper's Love Spell and Jose Elosequi's Who Are YOU?.
Catch Program A at 5 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday, Program B at 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Saturday, Program C at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Need more info? Call 305-237-3541 or visit the New World web site.
(Photos of Ashley Chang, top, and Lauren Tepper by Juan E. Cabrera)