The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County proudly presents City Theatre’s 17th annual Summer Shorts Festival, South Florida’s fast and furiously fun program of the nation’s hottest short plays, staged in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater (Ziff Ballet Opera House) from June 1-17, 2012. Under the new direction of Producing Artistic Director John Manzelli, the sizzling 17th season of the company’s acclaimed Summer Shorts Festival features fifteen performances of ten original short plays – some raucous, others innovative and poignant, but with the ultimate goal to make audiences laugh. City Theatre’s Summer Shorts Festival is one fast and furiously fun program of the nation’s hottest short plays! Strung together in a whirlwind of bite-size nuggets, these mini-plays will one minute have you laughing hysterically and the next shocked beyond belief. With no play longer than 8 minutes; hang on for the ride of your life in this wonderful evening of theater that promises something for absolutely everyone!
The Carbonell Award-winning festival has become a nationally recognized event and a must-see/must-be-seen-there social outing for South Florida audiences. “I don’t believe the theatre should only be for theatre people. We’re working with some of the best comedy writers from theater and television to put together a fun night that will appeal to anyone,” says John Manzelli, co-director of this year’s Summer Shorts Festival. “Summers at the Arsht Center would not be complete without City Theatre’s Summer Shorts Festival,” said M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “It is an honor to launch the festival’s seventeenth season and an even greater honor to host its sixth season in residency at our Carnival Studio Theater. We’re eager to experience these acclaimed short works and look forward to sharing many laughs with the audience.”
City Theatre launches its 17th season with its sixth season in residency at the Adrienne Arsht Center in the Carnival Studio Theater (Ziff Ballet Opera House). City Theatre’s lightning-quick growth and success has placed an indelible stamp on South Florida’s theater community. Since its inception in 1996 City Theatre has received thousands of script submissions and produced hundreds of original short works by established playwrights and important new voices in the theatre. The City Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre company founded in February 1996 and dedicated to the development and production of original work by the nation’s established and emerging playwrights, with a specific focus on the short play. Since its inception, the company has received over 6,000 script submissions, produced over 350 original short plays, and annually brought together an ensemble of talented artists with exciting new material, presented in Summer Shorts – America’s Short Play Festival. Visit http://citytheatre.com for more information.
2012’s Summer Shorts Festival will be June 1-17, 2012 in the Carnival Studio Theater of the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. The Arsht is located at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, FL. Show times for this production will be Wednesday – Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets will be $35. The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is comprised of the 2,400-seat Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, the 2,200-seat John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, the black box Carnival Studio Theater, a restored Carnival Tower, the Peacock Foundation, Inc. Studio, the Peacock Foundation, Inc. Education Center and the outdoor Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts. The Carnival Tower houses the street-level Bombay Sapphire® Lounge. Events impresario and restaurateur Barton G. Weiss brought his signature style to the Center in 2009 with Prelude By BartonG, a full-service upscale restaurant. For reservations, visit www.arshtcenter.org or call the box office at (305) 949-6722.