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City Theatre’s Summer Shorts

John Manzelli, producing Artistic Director of City Theatre, announces Summer Shorts 2013 June 6 – 30 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.  This eighteenth edition of the fast and often hilarious short plays that South Florida theatre audiences have come to expect may be the perfect kick-off to summer theatre.  The Annual Summer Shorts Festival includes an all-new Summer Shorts production, a new family musical and CityWrights: Professional Weekend for Playwrights, including the announcement of the winners of the 2nd Annual City Theatre National Award For Short Playwriting.

More than 50,000 theatre goers have been to Summer Shorts over the years. Performing in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater puts audiences up close with a company of chameleon-like actors playing multiple characters in up to a dozen short plays.  “While we are still in the final throes of the play selection process, we think we’ve got a stellar cast of versatile actors who can tackle whatever we throw at them,” said Manzelli, who took the helm at City Theatre last year very successfully.  The company is looking at both regional and national touring beginning in 2014-2015. “We’ve got an 18 year inventory of wonderful short plays and, based on our study of the touring marketplace, we believe we can find success in time there as well”.

Summer Shorts is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA Carnival Foundation, Knight Foundation, Wille Family Foundation, EPIC Hotel, IBM Corporation, Sabadell United Bank, WLRN, Aventura Limousine, Citizens Interested in Arts and the Dramatists Guild Fund.  Summer Shorts 2013 directors include John Manzelli, Margaret M. Ledford, Antonio Amadeo, McLey Lafrance.  Actors featured this year are Irene Adjan, Ken Clement, Todd Allen Durkin, Renata Eastlick, Rayner G. Garranchan, and Vera Varlamov.

From June 6-30, Summer Shorts 2013 performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4 p.m. To guarantee tickets to Summer Shorts 2013 visit arshtcenter.org or call 305.949.6722. Groups of ten or more call 786-468-2326 for special discounts which draws more than a thousand submissions of short plays each season.  Visit www.citytheatre.com for more information about City Theatre, Summer Shorts and other programs of the non-profit professional company.

City Theatre is a not-for-profit professional theatre company that was founded in 1996 and is dedicated to the creation of new plays, family theatre, and growing theatre audiences through programming that entertains and enlightens.  Annual programming includes Summer Shorts: America’s Short Play Festival; an annual Festival family musical, touring and in-school programing for young audiences, community play readings, the annual CityWrights Conference; and the annual City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Made possible by Miami-Dade County’s largest ever public/private-sector partnership, the Center is home to the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. In addition, numerous South Florida arts organizations perform in its theaters regularly. Since opening in 2006, the Center has emerged as a leader in offering and presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity, as a catalyst for development in Miami, and as a host of impactful community outreach and education programs.  The venue 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. Events impresario and restaurateur Barton G. Weiss brought his signature style to the Center in 2009 with PRELUDE BY BARTON G, a full-service upscale restaurant. Visit www.arshtcenter.org for more information.