The umbrella organization for theaters from Miami to Jupiter has come up with a novel campaign to ratchet up awareness of the region's theatrical riches. Bombshell Productions is building a bed on wheels that will travel from theater to theater during the annual WLRN Summer Theatre Fest June 1-Aug. 31, stopping at different theaters before Thursday performances. Its final destination: the Coconut Grove Bed Race on Labor Day Weekend.
The League intends to do interviews with curious theater fans, asking them about what theater and the arts mean to them. The fans can pose for photos beside the bed or, if they're adventurous, on it. Interviews and photos will be posted on the League's web site.
The bed will make an early debut on Monday before the 37th annual Carbonell Awards -- or "Theater Prom," as the glammed-up theater folks call it -- outside the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The ceremony-show starts at 7:30 p.m., and afterwards, the bed will lead the way to the League-sponsored after party.
The full schedule of when and where the bed will appear will be released soon. But expect it to turn up outside theaters with family-friendly fare (Slava's Snowshow at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts July 31-Aug. 25, Wind in the Willows at Sol Children's Theatre Aug. 9-25) as well as theaters with plays whose titles invite an adults-only audience (Cock at GableStage May 18-June 16, and a Mad Cat world premiere of a play about Isabella Blow Aug. 15-Sept. 1).
(Rendering of bed by Bombshell Productions; Carbonell Award statue designed by Manuel Carbonell)