www.ambiente.us    JUNE | JUNIO 2011

City Theatre Launches Sizzling 16th Season with Star
Headliner JAI RODRIGUEZ

City Theatre’s 2011 Season Offers 55 Performances in 5 Weeks
Featuring “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” Star in SUMMER SHORTS & DIRTY
LITTLE SECRETS, Return Engagement of last year’s runaway hit CAMP
KAPPAWANNA & Launch of New CITYWRIGHTS Industry Conference

Celebrating its sizzling 16th season, City Theatre is expanding its summer
season with a bold new approach, a completely new twist, a runaway hit musical
and a groundbreaking new literary event.  All take place as part of City Theatre’s
16th Annual Season – with an impressive 55 performances in three counties in 5
weeks.
The bold new approach: City Theatre’s 16th Annual Season will bring Jai
Rodriguez, star of Bravo TV’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and Broadway’s
“Rent” and “The Producers” to appear with its award-winning ensemble in a
fresh, new SUMMER SHORTS unlike anything ever done before.  
The new twist: City will also be joining with Jai Rodriguez to produce his
hilarious, provocative and very sexy late-nite revue, DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS.  
The runaway hit musical: For families, City Theatre is joining with Grammy-
Nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb to mount a return engagement of last
year’s hit rock musical CAMP KAPPAWANNA.  
And the groundbreaking literary event: The company will be launching a
“Sundance in Miami” new industry event when the CITYWRIGHTS: NEW PLAY
LAB brings the nation’s top writers, producers, agents and industry leaders to
town for a weekend of readings, master classes and networking.
City Theatre’s signature summer event is expanding to 55 performances in
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three counties in 5 weeks, with performances scheduled as follows:
•        SUMMER SHORTS: one fast and furiously fun program of the
nation’s hottest “short” plays; new in featuring a star headliner, Jai
Rodriguez, stage of stage, television and film, performing alongside
City Theatre’s award winning ensemble of veteran favorites Steve
Trovillion, Gregg Weiner, Finnerty Steeves and Ceci Fernandez.  
-       In association with the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts: June 2
– 26, 2011 (20 performances)
-        In association with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts:
June 30 – July 2, 2011 (4 performances)

•        DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS: Jai Rodriguez’s hilarious, provocative
and irreverent musical revue, full of “dish and tell, dirty little secrets”
that will be sure to make you blush!
-        In association with the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Out in
the Tropics and FUNDarte: June 10, 17, 19 & 24, 2010 (4
performances)
-        In association with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts,
Saturday, July 1, 2011 (1 performance)

•        CAMP KAPPAWANNA: Back by popular demand is the hit family
rock musical CAMP KAPPAWANNA.  The show celebrates timeless
camp experiences with hip, cool music penned by Grammy-nominated
singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb.  Camp Kappawanna creates an
interactive environment that, from start to finish, makes everyone in the
audience feel as if they are joining in the fun of summer camp!
-        In association with the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts: June
9 – 12 (7 performances)
-        In association with the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts: June
15- 26, 2011 (15 performances)
-        In association with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts:
July 1 - 3, 2011 (4 performances)
•        CITYWRIGHTS: NEW PLAY LAB: City Theatre will be launching
the CITYWRIGHTS: NEW PLAY LAB June 23 – 26, bringing playwrights
from South Florida and nationwide to Miami for a productive weekend
of master classes, workshops, mentoring, public readings and
forums. CityWrights’ goal is the creation of new plays that will flourish
on stages in South Florida and beyond.  Panelists include playwrights
Israel Horovitz and Lisa Kron; Larry  Harbison, Senior Editor for Smith
& Kraus, the nation’s largest theatrical trade publisher; noted literary
agent Susan Schulman and leadership from the Dramatists Guild of
America including Director of Business Affairs David Faux and
Executive Director for Creative Affairs Gary Garrison.
-        June 23 – 26 in Miami; held in association with the Dramatists
Guild of America, the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the EPIC
Hotel and American Airlines.

Taken together, City Theatre’s 16th Season marks
important artistic and institutional milestones.  Says Co-
Founder and Producing Artistic Director Stephanie
Norman, “City Theatre’s history has been built as the
creators of “America’s Short Play Festival”.  Our future
will be based upon our goal to expand our artistic
vision -- bringing noted national talents to join our
regionally acclaimed ensemble by collaborating with
Jai Rodriguez and Lisa Loeb, and launching exciting
new programming with CITYWRIGHTS and Jai’s DIRTY
LITTLE SECRETS revue.  I’ve never been as excited
about a season of programs and team of artists as I am
this year.”

Launching its 16th Annual Season, City Theatre has become a
nationally recognized institution, is a summer resident and Arts Partner
at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and has an artistic
alliance with the prestigious Actors’ Theatre of
Louisville Humana Festival as co-sponsors of the National Ten-Minute
Play Contest.
Susan Westfall, a co-founding partner of City Theatre, has returned to
the company as its Literary Director to launch CITYWRIGHTS.  Says
Westfall, “It has been so gratifying over the years to watch City Theatre
grow, and the festival become a celebration of the dynamic artists
writing for the American theatre today. With City’s promising new
literary initiative, I am delighted to return and be part of a company I
love.”
This season will bring 7 “short” plays to the SUMMER SHORTS
stages, an impressive 5 World Premieres with two of those titles as
Heideman Award-Finalists.  The remaining two titles bring audiences
plays that have long been talking about, revivals of previous festival
favorites “DOS CORAZONES” by Richard Hellesen and “CHRONICLE
SIMPKINS WILL CUT YOUR ASS” by Rolin Jones.  The entire SUMMER
SHORTS* line-up includes:
ABOARD THE GUY V. MOLINARI by Bara Swain (World Premiere)
Two passengers on their way overboard unexpectedly find their port in
the storm.

CHRONICLE SIMPKINS WILL CUT YOUR ASS by Rolin Jones (Summer
Shorts Revival)
It’s gang warfare on the playground where Chronicles don’t play by the
rules defending her hardcore tetherball crown.

DOS CORAZONES by Richard Hellesen (Summer Shorts Revival)
Two new mothers from very different backgrounds discover they speak
the same language after all.

WHAT STRONG FENCES MAKE by Israel Horovitz (World Premiere)
Horovitz’s hard-hitting, emotionally charged and timely drama sets two
friends against each other at an Israeli checkpoint.

QUIET, PLEASE BY GARTH WINGFIELD (WORLD PREMIERE)
Two patients waiting for therapy find the courage to say hello.
HATE THE LOSER INSIDE by Jon Kern (Heideman Finalist/World
Premiere)
The championship coach faces humiliating defeat unless he can talk
his tangled tongue into making the perfect pitch.

MICKEY HERMAN SAVES THE UNIVERSE by Marco Ramirez (World
Premiere)
Aliens bet the world against a gamer with a bitter broken heart, and
loud music.

*Note: all SUMMER SHORTS titles are subject to change.

City Theatre’s acting ensemble for SUMMER SHORTS includes
headliner Jai Rodriguez performing alongside “Mr. Summer Shorts”
Stephen Trovillion, Carbonell Award winner Gregg Weiner and noted
national talents Finnerty Steeves and Ceci Fernandez.  “Shorts”
directors include John Manzelli, Gail Garrisan, Margaret Ledford, Hugh
Murphy and Stephanie Norman.
CAMP KAPPAWANNA is the summer’s must-see event for families,
celebrating timeless camp experiences with hip, cool music penned
by Grammy-Nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb.  The rock
musical tells the story of Jenny Jenkins, awkward, adorable and 12, a
kid who hasn’t really found herself yet.  She’s going away for the
summer – her very first time leaving home.  From the start, CAMP
KAPPAWANNA  makes audiences of all ages feel as if they are joining
in the fun of summer camp!
The CAMP KAPPAWANNA ensemble features previous production
standouts Melanie Leibner and Jameson Hammond performing
alongside rising talents Zach Held, Anne Chamberlain, Lauren Tepper
and Ryan Didato.   CAMP KAPPAWANNA will be directed and
choreographed by musical theatre veteran Michael Leeds, bringing his
extensive experience on Broadway, Off-Broadway and regionally at the
Broward Stage Door Theatre to the helm.  The show’s musical
director, Jeff Hess, returns to work with production Sound Designer
Steve Shapiro.  Together,
the South Florida creative team will join with Grammy-Nominated
singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb, playwright Marco Ramirez and co-composers
and lyricists Michelle Lewis and Dan Petty to put CAMP KAPPAWANNA on
the cultural map throughout South Florida.
City Theatre’s production team for the season includes scenic designer
Sean McClelland, lighting designer Ron Burns, sound designer Steve
Shapiro for CAMP KAPPAWANNA and Matt Corey for SUMMER SHORTS,
costume designer Leslye Menshouse and properties designer Jodi
Dellaventura under the direction of Festival Artistic Director John Manzelli.
Festival Artistic Director John Manzelli states, “I am humbled by the
opportunity and trust that has been afforded to me and eagerly embrace the
challenges that lie ahead. This is a great opportunity to harness the
institutional strength of the organization, refine our artistic programs, and
bring audiences of all ages a really dynamic season of performances. I
have no doubt that City Theatre’s best days are before of us.”
City Theatre’s launches its 16th season in its fifth season in residency at
the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, its ninth season
in residency at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale
and its first season in residency at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
in West Palm Beach.   City Theatre works in close association with the
institutional, artistic, marketing and production leadership at each venue.
Says 16-year festival veteran Stephanie Norman, “City Theatre greatly
values its relationships with institutional partners in the Arsht Center, the
Broward Center and the Kravis Center.  Together, the leadership of these
organizations enables our company to bring fresh, original performances
and important outreach programs to thousands of audiences.  Now in the tri-
county area, City Theatre believes our event will be the centerpiece of the
summer season in South Florida.”
Adds City Theatre Board Chairman Alan Fein, “our board believes that, with
the wealth of opportunities and creative programming in City Theatre’s
future, we are poised to launch a bold, new chapter of growth.  We are proud
of the strong foundation this company has
built, and believe that this summer will be our best season yet.”

City Theatre's lightning-quick growth and success have nearly become local
legend.  Since its inception in 1996 City Theatre has received over 6,000
regional and national script submissions and produced over 350 original
short works by established playwrights and important new voices in the
theatre.  

# # #
WHAT: City Theatre’s 2011 Season features 55 performances in three
counties in 5 weeks, as follows:
•        SUMMER SHORTS: one fast and furiously fun program of the nation’s
hottest “short” plays; new in featuring a star headliner, Jai Rodriguez, stage
of stage, television and film, performing alongside City Theatre’s award
winning ensemble.  
o        In association with the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts: June 2 –
26, 2011 (20 performances)
o        In association with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts: June
30 – July 2, 2011 (4 performances)

•        DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS: Jai Rodriguez’s hilarious, provocative and
irreverent musical revue, full of “dish and tell, dirty little secrets” that will be
sure to make you blush!
o        In association with the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Out in the
Tropics and FUNDarte: June 10, 17, 19 & 24, 2010 (4 performances)
o        In association with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts,
Saturday, July 2, 2011 (1 performance)

•        CAMP KAPPAWANNA: Back by popular demand is the hit family rock
musical CAMP KAPPAWANNA, with hip, cool music penned by Grammy-
nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb.  Camp Kappawanna creates an
interactive environment that, from start to finish, makes everyone in the
audience feel as if they are joining in the fun of summer camp!
-        In association with the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts: June 9 –
12 (7 performances)
o        In association with the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts: June 15-
26, 2011 (15 performances)
-        In association with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts: July 1 -
3, 2011 (4 performances)

-        CITYWRIGHTS: NEW PLAY LAB: City Theatre will be bringing
playwrights from South Florida and nationwide to Miami for a productive
weekend of master classes, workshops, mentoring, public readings and
forums. Editor for Smith & Kraus, the nation’s largest theatrical trade
publisher.
-        June 23 – 26 in Miami; held in association with the Dramatists Guild of
America, the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the EPIC Hotel and
American Airlines.

WHEN & WHERE: June 2 - 26: at and in association with the Adrienne Arsht
Center for the Performing Arts, Carnival Studio Theater in Miami; June 9 –
12 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Rinker Theater in West Palm
Beach; and June 30 – July 3 at and in association with the Broward Center
for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theater in Ft. Lauderdale.
TICKETS:
Miami: Tickets for performances in Miami available through the Adrienne
Arsht Center’s Box Office at www.arshtcenter.org or (305) 949-6722

Broward: Tickets for performances in Broward available through the
Broward Center’s Box Office at
www.browarcenter.org or (954) 462-0222.

Palm Beach: Tickets for performances in Palm Beach available through the
Kravis Center’s Box Office at www.kravis.org or (561) 832-7469 or 1 800 572
8471. Groups of 10 or more, please call 561 651 4438 or 561 651
4304/
treid@kravis.org or garlisch@kravis.org
CITY THEATRE INFORMATION-
(305) 755-9401 or online at
www.citytheatre.com.


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