Summer Theatre Fest Returns in 2016

Summer Theatre Fest 2016
The South Florida Theatre League
Invites patrons to attend
Free Play Readings
Every Monday Evening
From June through August

For Immediate Release
Contact: Andie Arthur /954-557-0778
Carol Kassie / 561-445-9244

May 24, 2016
MIAMI, FL:  The Theatre League’s Summer Theatre Fest has become an integral part of South Florida’s cultural landscape, and in its fourth year South Florida audiences will once again have the opportunity to see theatre for free, and check out new plays in development by South Florida playwrights.  The program’s continued and growing success over of past three years has indicated to the League that theatre patrons are ready and willing to try new theatrical experiences, and even cross county lines to do it.

Every Monday from June 1 to August 31, with the exception of July 4, a South Florida Theatre League member theatre will host a reading of a new play by a local playwright.

Playwrights range from established local favorites, including Carbonell Award-winners and nominees, to emerging talents, with plays vastly ranging in subject matter and style.

“It’s a great to see so many new playwrights participating in Summer Theatre Fest,” says Carol Kassie, the League’s president. “We’re becoming an incubator for new plays. Glenn Hutchinson’s The Pot had a reading in our inaugural Summer Theatre Fest and has gone on to multiple productions.
“And our audiences have grown as well,” she continues.  We’ve seen full theatres – which is always exciting – and a good number of patrons who attend multiple readings.  We’ve also found that patrons who attend a reading a particular theatre often return to that theatre to attend a paid performance. So we consider the program a great success on both sides of the footlights!”

South Florida Theatre League Summer FestReading Schedule:

June 8

Entertain/Local – A Celebration of 21 Years of Working With Local Playwrights
City Theatre at the Arsht Center
7:00 PM

Summer Theatre Fest publically launches with Enterain/Local presented by City Theatre at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Come join us as we celebrate 21 years of City Theatre developing and launching local playwrights, with readings of celebrated and new short plays. Come early or stay late for Happy Hour at Books & Books with ½ price drinks and snacks.

June 13

Thirteen is Murder by Local Playwrights
Mystery on the Menu at Andrews Living Arts Studio
7:00 PM

ACT ONE—   The Thirteenth Vote
A one woman interactive murder mystery featuring Barbara Fox and several members of the audience who will read the parts of thedifferent characters  competing for the nomination for president.
Five different ten minute mysteries by local playwrights, all of them having something to do with the number thirteen.
Faust: A Gay Romantic Comedy By Vyvian Figueredo
Lost Girls Theatre at the Deering Estate
8:00 PM

Faust is a young gay man still living with his mother and doesn’t have a car. All he really wants is for Ben, his crush, to pay attention to him. So he makes a deal with the Devil to get Ben to like him. However, Ben is far more interested in Mephistopheles than Faust — causing an unconventional romantic comedy to ensue.

June 20

The Goldberg Variations by Stuart Meltzer
Zoetic Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center
7:00 PM

“If I Were You” And Other Elvis Presley Songs by Leah Roth Barsanti
Thinking Cap Theatre
Time TBA

It is the Spring of 1978, and Brett and his sister Sadie still don’t feel at home in Bakersfield California. Homesick for Tupelo, Mississippi, the town his family left two years ago, Brett has developed a secret life that’s causing him to act more and more like a sullen teenager and less and less Sadie’s old childhood playmate; but Sadie is not the type to let secrets stay hidden for long. She follows him to a clandestine clubhouse where she learns the truth: Brett has joined a club of Elvis impersonators, and is becoming more and more like “The King” by the minute. But there’s a danger in Brett’s new found obsession, one that Sadie doesn’t trust. Can she save him before he loses himself to Elvis entirely.

June 27

A Gray Divide by Juan C. Sanchez
Outre Theatre Company and Showtime Performing Arts Theatre
7:00 PM

When Jason starts a conversation with Anna Maria about the book she’s reading, the classical play Medea, there’s an immediate connection between them. One thing leads to another and they end up at her place, discovering each other in-between bouts of heavy kissing and petting. When she suddenly remembers meeting him two years earlier at a party — and the circumstances of that meeting — the romance comes to an abrupt end. With elements of the Medea myth woven into the story, the play asks if we have the right to decide who we are and want to become, or whether we are only the sum of our experiences and forever tied to them.

July 4

No Reading Due to the Holiday

July 11

The Return By Bob Bowersox
Theatre XP at the Red Barn Theatre
7:00 PM

Venerable World News Network anchorman David Steele announces at the end of his Friday night broadcast that while they have known him as David Steele for the past 35 years, he is actually the returned Jesus Christ of Nazareth, here to fix up the problems Mankind has created. Needless to say, all hell breaks loose. So to speak.

July 18

The Ballad of Janis Mathews and the Dodo Scouts by Giancarlo Rodaz and Rachel Dean
Area Stage
Time 7:30 PM

July 25

Stet by Kim Davies
Arts Garage
Time 7:00 PM

Journalistic ethics are called into question as Rolling Stone magazine jumps the gun on a story involving a fraternity’s savage attack on a college student. Cast includes Elizabeth Price, Clay Cartland, Connie Fernandez, Jacqueline Laggy and Peter Librach.

August 1

At the End of the Exodus by Hannah Benetiz
Main Street Players
8:00 PM

A multi-generational and multi-cultural family forced together on three major holidays, unified by a tragedy.  A dark comedy about the American experience.

August 8

The Sword Bride by Cynthia Joyce Clay
Storycrafter Studio
8:00 PM

August 15

Merde De Canard by Ken Kurtz
7:30 PM

The focus is on Jacques de Vaucanson, whose wondrous mechanical creations — especially the famous shitting duck — delighted Parisians of the mid-eighteenth century, and foreshadowed the workings of modern computers. There are mistaken identities, lovelorn chases, sex desired but never obtained, and a randy robot running amuck. A farce-comedy, based on the unflappable yet unpredictable logic of automatons.

More Shorts Gone Wild! by Various Playwrights
Island City Stage and City Theatre
7:00 PM

An evening of readings featuring New LGBTQ shorts

August 22

Pyscho and Dummy by Cliff Burgess
Mad Cat Theatre
7:30 PM

Two duffle bags crammed with cash. Two guns gripped in the palms of sweaty hands. Two masks hiding the faces of two amateur criminals who attempt to rob a bank, trap themselves in the bank vault and slowly tear each other apart. Two brothers forced to deal with past resentment, pain and unfinished family business. Who are they? They are Psycho and Dummy.

Three Man by Todd Bruno
Evening Star Productions
8:00 PM

Tom and Dill are best friends and roommates, trying to navigate the complicated world of modern relationships. Tom wants a stable woman with a good head on her shoulders, while Dill craves excitement and distraction. Both men get more than they bargained for when Dill invites Vicki and Dee to play a drinking game one night. Tom is immediately entranced by Vicki, the girl-next-door who harbors a secret. Dill gravitates to the boisterous Dee, whose overpowering personality forces him to face the exact issue he wants desperately to avoid. Relationships are torn to shreds, as Tom is drawn deeper and deeper into Vicki’s abyss, and Dee drives Dill into self-imposed exile, leaving everyone wishing they could shove the genie right back into the bottle.

August 29

Stages of the Sun: Readings of Plays by South Florida Theatre League Playwrights
Miramar Cultural Center
Time 7:00 PM

Summer Theatre Fest ends with a celebration of our membership. We will be reading eight short plays by South Florida Theatre League playwrights.