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“Our Town” A Multicultural Production Reflecting Miami’s Diverse Culture

Miami New Drama reimagines Thornton Wilder’s iconic American play for multicultural Miami audiences. The characters at the center of this beloved drama will speak English, Spanish and Creole (subtitles provided) – the first time the Wilder Estate has allowed changes to the play’s award-winning text. By adding new layers of language and culture, Our Town redefines the quintessential American – and human – story.

Miami New Drama (MiND) at Colony Theatre opens the season with a ground-breaking production of the classic drama, Our Town. MiND’s Artistic Director, Michel Hausmann, has re-envisioned Thornton Wilder’s iconic tale of life, love and death in small town America for 21st century Miami, incorporating translations in Spanish by Pulitzer Prize-winner, Nilo Cruz, and in Creole by renowned playwright, Jeff Augustin.

This production marks the first time that the Thornton Wilder Estate has allowed the text of this Pulitzer Prize winning drama to be altered. Our Town premieres Thursday, October 26, and runs through Sunday, November 19, at the Colony Theatre (1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach).

A multi-cultural slate of acclaimed international and South Florida actors will bring Our Town to life. Led by Keith Randolph Smith (Spike Lee’s Malcolm X, Broadway’s Fences and Jitney), the cast includes Venezuelan TV and film star Carlota Sosa; renowned Cuban stage and TV actor Javier Valcarcel; and award winning Venezuelan film actor Luigi Sciamanna. Carbonell winner Jeni Hacker and notable South Florida performers include Steve Gladstone and Gabriel Bonilla.

This production is supported by a Knight Arts Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Miami New Drama’s Our Town redefines the quintessential American – and human – story. “We’re not changing the essence,” says artistic director Michel Hausmann. “Our version of the play adds new layers of language and culture that make it more real for a 21st century audience. By doing that we bring it closer to this community.”

The Colony Theatre
1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Thursday, October 26 – Sunday, November 19, 2017
Thursday – Saturday | 8:00 p.m.
Sunday | 3:00 p.m.
COST: Opening Night: $100
General Admission: $45 – $65

For more information regarding the 2017-2018 Season and to purchase tickets, visit www.colonymb.org. For more information about Miami New Drama, visit www.miaminewdrama.org

About Miami New Drama
Founded by Michel Hausmann and Tony/Emmy nominee, Moises Kaufman, and housed at the historic Colony Theatre, Miami New Drama (MiND) is a producing and presenting organization committed to theatrical excellence and to telling stories designed for the intersections of Miami’s multicultural 21st-century audience. By sharing work where cultures, dialogue, and communities intersect, MiND serves audiences as diverse as the city itself.

MiND’s inaugural production, The Golem of Havana, was a popular and critically acclaimed success. More than 6,500 people attended the musical production in an extended five week run, breaking every record for past productions at the Colony Theatre. Its success inspired the City of Miami Beach to invite them to transform Colony Theatre into a vibrant cultural institution. Past productions include the American premiere of Ferdinand von Schirach’s Terror directed by Tony Award winner Gregory Mosher and the southern U.S. premiere of Por Piedad Teatro’s A Special Day.

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