The gift of a $100,000 Knights Arts Challenge grant provided by the John and James L. Knight Foundation will enable Miami Theater Center (MTC) to launch the 2013-2014 SandBox Series with Theo Reyna’s new play Knowledge And Noise Friday, November 1 – Saturday, November 16, the first of five premiers to be presented in the 50-seat black box studio adjacent to MTC’s MainStage.
Directed by the playwright and featuring Regina Gonzalez, Sebastian Lombardo, Jessica Farr, and Giordan Diaz, Knowledge And Noise has been conceived as a comedic modern myth about a brother and sister who, feeling curious yet aimless, set off in search of the literal “unknown,” exploring what it means to be “ready” and the desire to live “in the moment.” Reyna’s MTC residency illustrates the company’s ongoing mission to entertain and educate audiences and artists of all ages and abilities by offering innovative performers a six-week period in which to develop, rehearse, and perform a new work as well as teach classes for the community.
“For our cultural community to thrive, artists need spaces like Miami Theater Center to share new works, ideas and perspectives. We are excited by this second season of programming, and how it will both engage audiences and provide a platform for emerging writers and performers,” said Dennis Scholl, VP for arts at Knight Foundation.
An alumnus of Miami’s New World School of the Arts, Reyna went on to study theater at Southern Methodist University and in London before returning to Miami where his various writing and acting credits include playing the role of Andrei in MTC’s inaugural production, Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters.
For the educational component of his six-week stay in the SandBox, Reyna will teach a playwriting workshop open to professionals and non-professionals ages 18 and up. Over the course of the five sessions of Making Modern Myths: Page to Stage, participants will select traditional myths, discuss their relevance to modern life, adapt them into ten-minute plays, and present them at a public reading.
Under the leadership of Founder and Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin, MTC produces classical and contemporary works that entertain and educate audiences and artists of all ages and abilities. MTC programs include: MTCperformance, innovative theater, dance and music; MTCeducation, learning opportunities for students, professionals, and the general public; and MTCfilm, a partnership with O Cinema that transforms the theater into an independent cinema several nights a week.
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