“Beautiful and Remarkable, A Spiritual Experience” The New York Times
Located on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, the Colony Theatre opened in 1935 as a movie house for Paramount Pictures. Steeped in history, aesthetic ghosts from the past linger in the art deco corridors that were recently renovated in a project that lasted three years and cost 6.5 million dollars. The theater’s grand aura of antiquity is also present in the stage’s recent line-up. Just recently, Miami New Drama, which manages the theater, produced Tesla, a biographical opera based on the life of electricity genius Nicola Tesla. Now, another legend from the past is being revived at this time capsule of drama on a modern cafe-lined block. Our Town, Thornton Wilder’s American classic is being reimagined for Miami’s modern, multicultural audience.
An all-American classic, Wilder’s 1938 portrait of small-town life at the turn of the century is essentially a drama about the little universal things that we all encounter. The common theme makes it a wonderful choice for uniting people from different walks of life. In fact, it was recently staged in Manchester, England, in the wake of the terrorists attacks, at The Royal Exchange Theater, which became the site of public mourning. The artistic director felt that Our Town fit in well with the atmosphere following the community trauma because people were coming together to help each other with simple, every day occurrences.
The entire play is set on the stage and the characters are ordinary people. With translations by Miami-bred playwrights Nilo Cruz and Jeff Augustin, the characters in the Miami version will speak English, Spanish, and Creole. The multilingual production is great example of how art can be used to bring a community together.
Directed by Michel Hausmann, the play features Keith Randolph Smith as the Stage Manager, Thallis Santesteban,Martin K. Lewis, Robert Strain,Chantal Jean-Pierre, Luigi Sciamanna, and Carlota Sosa.
It will run from October 26th to November 19th , 2017
The Colony Theatre
1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
October 26th – November 19th, 2017
Thursday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm
Tickets available at www.colonymb.org