Miami Based Writer and Director Paul Louis Produces Film About Adolescent Depression and Teen Suicide

From award winning South Florida Actor/Writer/Director, Paul Louis, comes the film, “Army Men”.  The dramatic short film is based on a true story about Louis’ childhood friendship, which ended in tragedy. “Army Men” tells the story of a middle aged Miami based artist who returns to the tough battlefield of his childhood neighborhood in Queens, NY, only to be haunted by the memories of his late best friend. 

Louis says it’s a story of friendship, loss and regret, and hopes to bring awareness of mental illness, especially in children. 

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Twenty-Eight Silver Palm Awards Presented to Actors and Troupes at Annual Gala Held Monday at The Addison in Boca Raton

A rainy deluge outside didn’t dampen spirits inside The Addison restaurant in Boca Raton the night of Monday, Oct. 17, site of the annual Silver Palm Awards gala honoring actors, directors, set designers and performance troupes for excellence at stages in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

The gala – which served as a major post-COVID get-together last year for the awards that were first presented in 2008 – drew a full-house crowd to the famed Boca dining location, despite the weather that messed with travel and forced valets to break out large umbrellas to escort patrons to and from their cars.

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The Off-Broadway, Obie Award Winning, One-Act Play ‘Funnyhouse of a Negro’ is to Close Out Brévo Theatre’s 2022 Season

Brévo Theatre Presents “Funnyhouse of a Negro”

October 22 & 23, 2022 at 7 p.m.

Little Haiti Cultural Center

MIAMI – Oct. 15, 2022– Brévo Theatre (@brevo_theatre)  is proud to present “Funnyhouse of a Negro” as its final production of the 2021-2022 season. The off-broadway performance originally created by Adrienne Kennedy in 1964 will take place on October 22 and October 23 at 7 p.m. at the Proscenium Theatre at the Little Haiti Cultural Center located at 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, Florida 33137. General admission tickets are $25.00. Tickets can be purchased at Brévo Theatre.

“Funnyhouse of a Negro,” directed by Zaylin Yates and part of the theatre’s “Dans le avant-garde” series, is a poetic and symbolic investigation into one woman’s mind before her death. Sarah has created four different personas as a way to grapple with her own self-hatred: Queen Victoria, the Duchess of Hapsburg, Jesus and Patrice Lumumba. With these four characters at her side, Sarah tries to make sense of her conception (from rape), her life without her parents, and the creeping insanity that she feels all around her. The cast for the show includes Jessica Raquel as Negro Sarah; Jamall Lynch as Patrice Lumumba, Naomi Ray-Barnett as Queen Victoria Regina, Chasity Hart as the Duchess of Hapsburg and Omari White as Jesus and Funnyhouse Man. It also stars Onyekachi “Onyi” Anyagaligbo as Sarah’s Landlord/Funnyhouse Woman.

The October 23 show will be followed by a symposium entitled “Between Two Worlds,” that deals with colorism and self-identity. This symposium will feature a panel of special guests and focus on mental and emotional healing for biracial men and women. A partnership between Brévo Theatre and South Florida AfroPride, the session will tackle topics on how the community can seek emotional healing. Learning tools to practice self-love and embracing all the things that define our humanity. Mental illness, self-hate, and the need to be socially accepted are issues that currently plague the Black and BIPOC communities. Admission to the symposium will be free and will directly follow the performance. The Symposium will also be streamed online via Zoom and Facebook Live.

 “This is a play that is near and dear to our hearts. We’re hoping to continue the dialogue around mental health that Kennedy began more than 60 years ago, as it is a topic that continues to be relevant today, especially among Black and Brown communities,” says Zaylin Yates, co-founder of Brévo Theatre.

Brévo Theatre’s mission is to enrich the community, share thought-provoking narratives and create nurturing environments through the arts.

This production contains strong language.

*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Visit Brévo Theatre for up-to-date information.

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FORT LAUDERDALE – Delivering the excitement of live theater as children’s favorite storybook characters come to thrilling life on stage, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital presents the 2022/2023 Family Fun Series in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The Series features: It’s Okay To Be Different, Acoustic Rooster’s Barnyard Boogie, The Tortoise and the Hare: The Next Gen and Stone Soup

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Fourth Annual Event Features Florida Premieres Including Georgia’s Full Radius Dance and a new work by Guggenheim Fellow Victoria Marks for Karen Peterson and Dancers…

MIAMI (September 8, 2022) After a successful national tour, the acclaimed Miami-based dance pioneers, Karen Peterson and Dancers (KPD) welcome back their fourth annual Forward Motion Physically Integrated Dance Festival & Conference (FM4) taking place in Miami from October 27-29, 2022. This three-day event features Full Radius Dance, esteemed choreographer Victoria Marks and KPD themselves in a full program including performance premieres, panel discussions and educational workshops. 

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The Carbonell Awards Announces 2022 Winners of Prestigious George Abbott Award and Six Special Awards

The Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s Theater & Arts Honors, today announced the recipients of the prestigious George Abbott Award and six Special Awards that will be presented at the Carbonell Awards Ceremony on Monday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center at 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, FL 33311. Tickets are only $32 each (including facility fee) and will soon be available for public purchase.

Several hundred actors, musicians, performers, writers, directors, technicians, producers, reviewers, designers, specialty artists, and diehard theater fans are expected to attend the glamorous, entertainment-packed event that is widely recognized as South Florida’s version of Broadway’s Tony® Awards.

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Cast Complete for New National Tour of Annie, Launching in October

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Written by: Andrew Gans

National Tour News

Cast Complete for New National Tour of Annie, Launching in October

The Tony-winning musical will be directed by Jenn Thompson, who appeared as an orphan in the original Broadway production of the family favorite.

TROIKA Entertainment LLC’s previously announced new tour of the Tony-winning musical Annie will launch October 4-8 at The Landmark Theatre in Syracuse, New York. The production will subsequently visit more than 50 cities during the 2022-23 season.

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The South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble Opens its 2022-23 Season With “Beyond Borders 2” on Sunday, November 6

Florida’s Oldest LGBT Wind Ensemble Flawlessly Performs After 36 Years…

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (August 30, 2022) – The South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble raises the curtain on its 2022-23 season with Beyond Borders 2 on Sunday, November 6 at 7 p.m. at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

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‘I Did Survive’ benefit concert for injured PR guy Gary Schweikhart draws 200 to Arts Garage

A sold-out crowd of some 200 friends, colleagues and admirers of longtime public relations man Gary Schweikhart packed the Arts Garage in Delray Beach last Sunday with folks offering prayers, good will and a quick recovery to the PR professional nearly killed when a speeding car crashed into his house and pinned him under the vehicle.

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