The Lavender Footlights Festival
All performances at the Miami Science Museum
Miami Science Museum
3280 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129
Saturday, May 31st
The Lost Art of Conversation by Ted Sod
directed by Marjorie O'Neil Butler
The Lost Art Of Conversation is a comedy with dramatic undertones, which focuses on seven disparate characters of various racial and ethnic backgrounds and the ways in which their lives intersect over a ten-year period. With brazen confidence and humor, The Lost Art of Conversation confronts how volatile interracial relationships/families can be, our intrinsic fear of death and the lack of communication in modern couples. Ultimately the play shows how we invent our own families for survival and hold onto relationships even when they are dysfunctional.
Followed by Q&A with the author.
Opening Night Reception
Enjoy cocktails & hors d' oeuvres by Green Gables Café while congregating with fellow theater enthusiasts.
A collection of new short plays by writers from across the U.S.
Bush Hates Flags by Kent Forsberg, Middleton, WI
Two young boys are on opposite sides of a Washington protest but learn to accept each other and themselves.
Just Sex (Jazz Hands) By Linda Suzuki, Silver Spring, MD
Two women try and have a strictly sexual relationship, but their previous long-term relationship makes things just a bit more complicated.
Messages Deleted by Rich Espey, Towson, MD
The ghost of a young man’s lover urges him to remove everything of his from their apartment to spare his family finding out about his sexuality.
Mr Clean by Jonathan Kronenberger, Parma Heights, OH
Scott has hired a new maid, David loves how clean the apartment is – but when David discovers how Francisco, the new maid, wants to be paid, he’s not sure he can give him his due earnings.
Santer Baby by Rick Park, Boston, MA
Two old friends from high school bump into each-other during the busy Christmas shopping season. Both with kids, they are each in for a few surprises since they last saw each other.
Tenth Floor by Lia Romeo, Highland Park, NJ
The groom and his best man are late for the wedding. Both of them have a secret, but one is much more personal than the other.
Blood by Walter Thinnes, New York City, NY
Plasma and platelets are a metaphor for the flexible but enduring relationship that two men share.
A Little Experimenting by Rhea MacCallum, Downey, CA
A mother tries to give her daughter the birds and the bees talk, but the daughter finds out much more about her mother than she bargained for.
Sunday, June 1st
An Evening with Douglas Carter Beane
in conversation with Christine Dolen
South Florida's leading theater critic, Christine Dolen, of The Miami Herald, will lead a conversation with the Tony-nominated playwright of Little Dog Laughed, As Bees in Honey Drown and Xanadu. The discussion will navigate through Beane's body of work and feature live excerpts from select plays in Beane's canon. The program will culminate with the presentation of the OVATION Award to Beane followed by a cocktail reception in the scribes honor!
OVATION Reception with award recipient Douglas Carter Beane
Enjoy cocktails & hors d'oeuvres by Green Gables Café while congregating with fellow theater enthusiasts.
The Nance by Douglas Carter Beane
Directed by Ryan Capiro
Ned and Chauncey, two unlikely strangers, meet each other at a diner during the golden age of burlesque. One, an over-the-top showman, the other a dark and handsome stranger – their curious relationship is full of surprises. Mayor LaGuardia is on a mission to close down the burlesque circuit in New York City and that spells nothing but trouble for Chauncey. A cast of bold showgirls and theatre-folk in an underground world laden with backstabbing and double-talk round out the nitty gritty world that they all live in.
The Lavender Footlights Festival is presented by Living Arts Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing, supporting, developing and presenting new arts and cultural work by minority voices.
Tickets are available online or at the door.
Individual tickets are $15
Evening Pass is $25
Festival 2-Day Pass is $50
Supporter 2-Day Pass is $100
All tickets include cocktail reception