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Miami New Drama Presents Create Dangerously, A World Premiere Written & Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz

A Theatrical Adaptation of Edwidge Danticat’s Critically Acclaimed Work

Miami New Drama is proud to present the world premiere of “Create Dangerously,” a groundbreaking play written and directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, based on Edwidge Danticat’s thought-provoking book of essays, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work. The highly anticipated production will run from May 4, 2023, through May 28, 2023, at the historic Colony Theatre in Miami Beach.

Taking place during Haitian Heritage Month, “Create Dangerously”, Miami New Drama’s third World Premiere Play of the 2022-2023 season, expands on the themes of immigration, identity, and artistic expression. Under Blain-Cruz’s direction, the play will ignite audiences’ imagination as it explores the power of creativity in the face of adversity. This powerful adaptation is a transformative story that will transcend borders and boundaries, and celebrate the indomitable spirit of the human heart.

The talented cast includes Brittany Bellizeare, Thiana Berrick, Charlene Francois, Edson Jean, Andrea Patterson, and Paul Pryce, with Sydney Presendieu as an understudy. The production boasts an impressive team of Tony Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated creatives, including Costume Designer Montana Levi Blanco (The Skin of Our Teeth), Lighting Designer Yi Zhao (The Skin of Our Teeth), Sound Designer & Composer Palmer Hefferan (The Skin of Our Teeth), Set Designer Adam Rigg (The Skin of Our Teeth), and Award-winning Projection Designer Hannah Wasileski (Obie, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle).

“We are thrilled to bring this powerful and timely play to Miami audiences,” said Michel Hausmann, Artistic Director of Miami New Drama. “Create Dangerously is a testament to the resilience of the immigrant artist and the transformative power of art in a world filled with challenges and uncertainties.”

“Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work” is a collection of essays by Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat, published in 2010. The book explores the challenges and complexities of being an immigrant artist, drawing on Danticat’s own experiences as a writer and the stories of other immigrant artists.

Tickets for “Create Dangerously” are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.miaminewdrama.org, by calling the box office at (305) 674-1040, or by visiting the Colony Theatre Box Office at 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of this unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime event.  Secure your seat now, and dare to Create Dangerously.

Create Dangerously

About Miami New Drama:

Founded by playwright and director Michel Hausmann and National Medal of the Arts winner Moises Kaufman, Miami New Drama is a nonprofit professional theater company committed to artistic excellence and groundbreaking work unique to their diverse and extraordinary Miami region. Since 2016, Miami New Drama has been the resident company at the historic Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road.

The company focuses on the development of new plays and musicals in both English and Spanish, most notably 7 Deadly Sins, winner of the 2021 Drama League Award for Outstanding Interactive or Socially-Distanced Theater, the world premiere development of the new Louis Armstrong musical A Wonderful World, When Monica Met Hillary by Winter Miller, the first ever multilingual adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town, The Cubans by Michael Leon, Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy by Billy Corben & Aurin Squire, Queen of Basel by Hilary Bettis, Viva La Parranda! by Betsayda Machado and La Parranda El Clavo in collaboration with Juan Souki, and Gente Ociosa by Karin Valecillos. Miami New Drama is the winner of two Knight Arts Challenge awards and a Knight New Works Miami award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. It was the 2018 Miami New Times Best Theater for Drama.

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