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Miami Made Festival 2014

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County presents the eighth annual MIAMI MADE FESTIVAL, featuring for 2014 a weeklong showcase of new works-in-progress created and performed by a roster of Miami-based artists across multiple disciplines, all of whom have previously collaborated with the Arsht Center. MIAMI MADE FESTIVAL 2014 will take place from March 6 through March 9 and includes staged play readings and a dance showcase on-site in the Carnival Studio Theater.

Featuring four entertaining events,
all for FREE!

Multi-Media Performance: Appalachian Squall
March 6
7:30 p.m.

Produced, created and directed by Shira Abergnal
“Appalachian Squall” is a prohibition-era cautionary tale about love, pain, and alcoholism. Utilizing old archival & new film footage projections, original music, live performance, and the heartbeat of Appalachian culture – (live) traditional mountain music, this piece creates a black and white theatre/silent film experience you will never forget. “Appalachian Squall” is inspired by the grit of mountain life, the strength of mountain folk, and the stories and ballads of mountain music, whose sometimes festive, sometimes harrowing melodies and themes capture the romance and anguish of love and alcoholism.
Featuring- Shira Abergel & Jameson Hammond
Written by- Shira Abergel
Produced, Created and Directed- Shira Abergel
Music Performed by- Avocado Estate, Geoffrey Saunders, Joy Adams, James Schlender

Original Play Reading: I Know What I Am and I Am Not What You Call Me
March 7 - 7:30 p.m.
March 8 - 3 p.m.

Playwright: Jonathan Spikes
A powerful story of hope, redemption and restoration written by Miami native son, Jonathan Spikes and Shanteria Griglen. This play addresses the difficult subject of childhood sexual abuse and the resulting confusion it caused in an African American household. An awe inspiring drama about relinquishing the shame of being abused and accepting oneself even if society is reluctant to do so. The result is an arresting portrait of hope and the true meaning of being a survivor and "McBlessed" child of God.

Original Play Reading: Better Than Damn Good,
a new musical

March 8
7:30 p.m.

Playwright: Stuart Melzer
Lyrics: Maribeth Graham
Music: Dana P. Rowe
From the creators of the West End hit, Witches of Eastwick, and the award-winning Zoetic Stage comes a new musical about the path to happiness!
Today is the first day of the rest of Leigh Russo's life! Today her divorce is final. All that her best friend, Aaron, has to do is help Leigh find her confidence to pick up her life and move on- and put everything together for a big divorce party.  Aaron has friends to help him make this day truly special for leigh but can they meet his high expectations and will Leigh accidentally find her own path to happiness? Better than Damn Good is a musical comedy that is contemporary in its foresight and old fashioned in its heart.  The musical is examination of relationships—of all kinds!

Original Play Reading: Two-Merz
March 9
4 p.m.

Playwright: Mark Dellaventura, Gabe Hammad and David Michael Sirois
A dark comedy about brothers with cancer from the guys that brought you “Brothers Beckett” and “Small Membership”!

After the recent death of their father to cancer, the Merz brothers think it’s a good idea to get checked out, just in case.  They soon learn that both of them have terminal cancer. “Two-Merz” is about how their family and loved ones deal with this incredibly bizarre and tragic news.
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