A Show for All Seasons
MDC's vibrant and varied theater season opened with La Compañía Prometeo performing its acclaimed Mujeres de Shakespeare.
From thought-provoking drama and carefree comedy to inspiring opera, theater performances at Miami Dade College are bringing a breath of fresh air to South Florida’s arts scene this fall.
The season opened in September with La Compañía Prometeo performing its acclaimed Mujeres de Shakespeare. Inspired by the Bard’s most memorable protagonists, this theatrical adventure celebrates the full range of William Shakespeare’s women. Written and directed by Neher Jacqueline Briceño, the play first debuted to rave reviews in July 2011 during the XXVI International Hispanic Theater Festival of Miami.
In October, the On Stage ensemble at MDC’s Kendall Campus presented Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive. Set in rural Maryland in the 1960s, the play deals with the weighty topic of child molestation, tracing the relationship between Li’l Bit and her abusive Uncle Peck from the time the girl is 11 until her uncle dies years later from alcoholism.
Later in the fall, Kendall Campus’ On Stage performers will offer a lighter take on life with Sarah Ruhl’s beguiling Dead Man’s Cell Phone. In this comedy, the simple act of answering the nagging ring of a fellow diner’s phone draws the main character, Jean, into a series of complicated conversations in which she skirts gingerly around the fact that the man whose phone she answered is now dead. The plot’s ensuing twists and turns underscore the paradoxical ability of cellphones to both unite and isolate us all.
Ending the fall season in uplifting song, the Opera/Musical Theatre Ensemble at MDC’s Wolfson Campus will perform Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors in December. Relating the story of a disabled boy who can only walk with a crutch, the one-act opera closes on a high note when he is miraculously healed after meeting the three kings.
With miracles abounding on the College’s many stages, don’t miss your next chance to become inspired by the rising stars at MDC.