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Pinter at home; "The Cook" heats up

Conundrum Stages is taking on the challenge of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming for its next staged reading at 8 p.m. Feb. 20.  And appropriately, this reading will take place at a home:  The Yellow House at 420 NE 23rd St. in Miami. 

In association with the Jesus Quintero Studio (The Yellow House is both home and performance space for the Columbian-born Quintero and his wife), Kevin Johnson directs a cast featuring Mitchell Carry, Chris Groom, Kevin Reilley, Joshua Ritter, David Sirois and Skye Whitcomb, Revived on Broadway last season (where it featured Miami's Raul Esparza in a Tony-nominated performance), The Homecoming is the late Nobel laureate Pinter's exploration of the disaster that ensues when a professor brings his new wife home to meet his working-class family.  For info, call 954-673-5124.


Cook Florida International University did well -- quite well -- in the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival regional competition in Greensboro, N.C.  The university's production of Eduardo Machado's The Cook was judged the regional fest's best show and is a contender for the national competition.  Design students Yamarys Salomon (scenic design), Greg Contreras (lighting design) and Jason Torres (makeup design) also won regional top honors and will compete at the nationals at the Kennedy Center in April.

FIU theater faculty members were also recognized at the competition: Jesse Dreikosen for his set design for The Cook, Tony Galaska for lighting design (for The Cook and Spring's Awakening), and directors Wayne E. Robinson Jr. (Electricidad), Phillip Church (Spring's Awakening) and Stephen Neal (The Underpants).

Congrats to all!