City Theatre and Island City Stage are proud to present the return of Shorts Gone Wild 3, South Florida’s hottest short play festival that celebrates the LGBT and Progressive communities, from August 6 – September 6 at Empire Stage in Ft. Lauderdale and from September 10 – 13 at the Fillmore in Miami Beach.
City Theatre is a professional theatre company in Miami, FL that celebrates 20 years of dedication to the development and production of new work, specifically the short play format in 2015. Visit www.citytheatre.com for more information. Island City Stage is a professional regional theatre dedicated to producing new work and recognized plays that explore themes, characters and values of the LGBT and Progressive communities. Visit www.islandcitystage.org for more information.
Conceived and created by Island City Stage Artistic Director Andy Rogow and City Theatre Producing Artistic Director John Manzelli, Shorts Gone Wild 3 takes six actors, eight playwrights, four directors and a design team, and whips them up until they peak into eight short, provocative, funny and thoroughly entertaining plays that are relevant to the LGBT and Progressive communities. Winner of the 2014 Silver Palm Award for Best LGBT Theatre show, Shorts Gone Wild is the newest collaboration under City Theatre’s SUMMER SHORTS FESTIVAL umbrella that features brand new, never performed plays written by local South Florida playwrights, alongside pieces from nationally recognized playwrights selected through the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting competition.
The shows will be directed by John Manzelli, Andy Rogow, Gail Garrisan and Kevin Black, and will star Antonio Amadeo, Niki Fridh, Gladys Ramirez, Christina Groom, Larry Buzzeo and Craig Moody. With designers Michael McClain (Scenic), David Hart (Sound), Preston Bircher (Lighting) and Peter Lovello (Costumes). Tickets are $30, and are now on sale to the general public.
The Shorts Gone Wild 3 play line-up includes:
The One by Sheri Wilner. Old college flames reunite to meet a new fiancé, but is he marrying the right person?
Hands by Becca Schlossberg. A moving poetic drama about two young men maneuvering through their sexual encounter and their own dark sexual pasts.
The Anthropology Section by Patricia Cotter. Marion experiences a new twist on the social experiment of gay marriage when she runs into Tessa in the anthropology section at the bookstore, and discovers her former girlfriend’s gotten married.
I’m Going First by Michael Leeds. Standing outside of a funeral home, a couple politely argues about which one will visit the funeral home first.
Oldest Living Chorus Boy Tells All or The Last of Billy Button by Tony Finstrom. Billy Button spills all the dirty gossip about the underbelly of Broadway.
Quiche or Quinoa by Stuart Meltzer. Old friends meet for lunch with rivalry on the menu.
The Agenda by Michael McKeever. Gay rights advocates contemplate adding letters for each new gender identity group. Will there be enough?
Shorts Gone Wild 3 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, and the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Affairs Council City of Miami Beach, the GLBT Community Projects Fund at the Miami Foundation and the National LGBTQ Task Force, with the support of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward County Cultural Council: Regional Investment Program Grant, Citizens Interested in Arts, The Alan Fein and Susan Westfall Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Illick (EPIK Foundation), Funding Arts Broward, Wille Family Foundation and Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson. Shorts Gone Wild 3 community partners include Pridelines Youth Services and the Miami Beach Gay Men’s Chorus.
Preview performances of Shorts Gone Wild 3 will be held Thursday, August 6 and Friday, August 7 at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive in Ft. Lauderdale. The official Opening Night ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 8 at 8 p.m. Evening performances will be held Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with afternoon matinees on Sunday at 5 p.m. through September 6. Tickets may be purchased through the Island City Stage box office by calling (954) 519-2533, or online at www.islandcitystage.org.
Shorts Gone Wild 3 will then continue its run September 10 through 13 at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave, Miami Beach. Evening performances will be held Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with an afternoon matinee on Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased through the Fillmore’s box office by calling (305) 673-7300, or online at www.fillmoremb.com.