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The Dana Plays 2015

On Monday, August 31st, the South Florida Theatre League will proudly present The Dana Plays 2015 – a play reading fundraiser inspired by Dana Castellano – at The Vanguard (1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316) at 8 pm. The playwrights contributing to The Dana Plays 2015 are Andie Arthur, Christopher Demos-Brown, Jessica Farr, Tony Finstrom, Avi Hoffman, Michael McKeever, David Nail, Matt Stabile, and Paul Tei. 

The Dana Plays evolved as an adjunct to the South Florida Theatre League’s Summer Theatre Fest Play Reading Festival.  Dana Castellano was a passionate supporter of, and involved with, South Florida theatre for over 10 years in both Broward and Palm Beach Counties. She was an active member of the board of directors for the Women’s Theater Project and dedicated her time and energy to a number of theatrical projects. Her love of the theater allowed her to make amazing lifelong friends and share her commitment to the arts community. Dana Castellano passed away in November of 2014.  The Dana Plays 2015 will raise funds for the Humane Society, a charity Castellano supported because of her love of animals.

The South Florida Theatre League is an alliance of theatrical organizations and professionals dedicated to nurturing, promoting, and advocating for the growth and prestige of the South Florida theatre industry.  The South Florida Theatre League is funded by its members, member theatres, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. For more information visit:

The Vanguard: Sanctuary For The Arts is an intimate, versatile black box performance space located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale.  Formerly a church when first erected in 1939, the freshly remodeled venue will be a modern sanctuary for the arts.  The Vanguard will serve as the permanent residence for Thinking Cap Theatre, a local award-winning theatre company, and as a creative hub to showcase a range of artistic offerings, including the work of other local and visiting theatre companies, stand-up comedy, dance, film screenings, art installations, and live music. Founding Executive Director, Nicole Stodard, and her creative team have given the decor of the venue a mid-century flair with a mod color palette, Sputnik chandeliers and pop art reminiscent of Warhol adorning the lobby lounge.  However, they have preserved the original 30-feet Dade County pine ceiling in the central room that is now the performance area. The Vanguard is also available for rental for corporate and private events.  For more information, call 813-220-1546.

Tickets for The Dana Plays are $15 each (with any extra donation welcome), and are now available at or For more information about The Dana Plays 2015, or the South Florida Theatre League, please contact Andie Arthur at / 954-557-0778 or Carol Kassie at ckassie@gmail.com561-445-9244.

The Dana Plays 2015
Monday, August 31st – 8 pm

Tickets:  $15
at The Vanguard
1501 S. Andrews Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
To purchase tickets, visit or