CM: Hello, I’m Christopher from South Florida Theater Magazine, the reviewer for tonight’s show of To Kill A Mockingbird. I like to write about art, art in the community, and things like that, so thanks for chatting with me.
When a majority of the South Florida community is made up of Latine people, you would think that more stories being presented would reflect that – but unfortunately the opposite tends to be the reality.
“Zan doesn’t want to read to Dorothy, and she’s not too sure she wants him to! But his community service assignment is not optional. And book by book, the two of them begin to form an unexpected friendship… just when they need it most.”
“The last 5 or 6 – 8 years have been pretty damn tough, so it’s not a shock that past season of most theater companies have been so heavy. But now, after all this time, we want to leave people hopeful with the idea of how maybe, we can still save one another.” So says the artistic director, Matt Stabile, of Theatre Lab, who also happens to be directing the world premiere of Dorothy’s Dictionary by E.M. Lewis.
Before I offer you an introduction to the stellar season planned by New City Players, the Fort Lauderdale company I was invited to join in November of 2020: to say that the past two years haven’t been the easiest ones for the group may be a bit of an understatement. Aside from the pandemic’s far-reaching and long-lasting effects on the theatre industry as whole, an internal conflict during the summer of 2021 briefly threatened the company’s future, necessitating a concerted effort by company members to ensure their work could continue.