Indoor live theatre is back, IRL! This summer, Miami-Dade County Auditorium (MDCA) presents the MDCA IRL: Summer performance series. The series features the Auditorium’s first indoor productions after adapting to present socially distanced, outdoor drive-through and virtual performances since July 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Located in Little Havana, the Auditorium’s series kicks off on July 9, heralding a safe and successful return to indoor theater after much planning, and features the 35th International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami, the popular and free International Children’s Day, a jazz concert starring Negroni’s Trio & Edgar Omar, as well as performances by Conecta: Miami Arts, ARCA Images and FUNDarte’s Climakaze Miami 2021 and more. The full schedule for the series can be found at www.MiamiDadeCountyAuditorium.org.
The series kicks off with the 35th International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami, presented by MDCA and Teatro Avante, featuring an array of spectacular Spanish-language performances written, directed and performed by talented Hispanic artists from various countries of origin. The festival begins with “Murga Madre” on Friday, July 9 and Saturday, July 10 at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 11 at 5:00 p.m., a play featuring one of the most popular Uruguayan forms of cultural expression: “la murga.” This performance is about the journey of two characters lacking names, time and space, remembering something they were. Since its premiere in 2002, “Murga Madre” won the Florencia Sánchez prize for best musical and has toured around the world. Written by Pablo Routin and directed by Fernando Toja.
The next featured performance is “Barrio Caleidoscopio,” written and directed by Carlos Gallegos, on Thursday, July 15, Friday, July 16 and Saturday, July 17 at 8:30 p.m. An Ecuadorian play about a man who needs to overcome his multiple eccentric fears and anxieties as he walks across town to buy a loaf of bread.
The last performance of this festival, “Papá está en la Atlántida,” is a Mexican play about orphanhood and the mutual loyalty of two brothers who set out on a journey to find their father in the United States. “Papá está en la Atlántida” takes place on Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24, at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 25, at 5:00 p.m. Written by Javier Malpica and directed by Esteban Castellanos.
On Sunday, July 18, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., the International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami celebrates International Children’s Day, a free day-long event filled with arts and crafts, performing arts workshops and a Colombian musical theatre performance. The play, “Un Bosque Encantado” (An Enchanted Forest), is an emotional-education project that seeks to bring parents and children together via singing forest-dwelling animals paying tribute to the rhythms of Latin America.
The last performance in July is digital premiere and the only virtual performance of this series. “Siéntate y échame el cuento” is released virtually on MDCA’s YouTube page and available to stream for free as of Saturday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m.
August features even more spectacular theatre performances and a jazz concert by the renowned Negroni’s Trio. This month kicks off with the world premiere of “Vuelve a contármelo todo” on Friday, August 6 and Saturday, August 7 at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 8 at 5:00 p.m. A theatrical sentimental thriller with touches of dark comedy, inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth, about two aspiring actors who stop at nothing to reach success. Written and directed by Abel González Melo, starring Adrián Mas and Laura Alemán. Presented by MDCA and ARCA Images.
The summer series continues with “Ellas, las de Gabo” on Friday, August 13 and Saturday, August 14 at 8:00 p.m. This sensory theatrical performance, presented in collaboration with MDCA and Conecta: Miami Arts, offers the viewer a subtle, feminine journey. The dreamlike and psychological adventure surrounds characters who open up their subconscious, their repressed desires, their fears and their erotic frustrations. Dramaturgy and direction by Neher Jacqueline Briceño, inspired by the stories of Gabriel García Márquez.
On Saturday, August 21 at 8:00 p.m., MDCA & FUNDarte present “Truth or Consequences” by Elizabeth Doud, a new performance that explores the detrimental effects of climate change, part of Climakaze Miami 2021.
The MDCA IRL: Summer series ends on a high note with the energetic and passionate Latin Jazz concert, “Sessions.” Three-time Latin Grammy Nominee Jose Negroni returns to the MDCA stage on Saturday, August 28 at 8:00 p.m., after his appearance in the theatre’s Drive-Thru Theatre Experience last fall, joined this time by Edgar Omar.
Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.com or from the Miami-Dade County Auditorium Box Office at (305) 547-5414. For details or questions, e-mail MDCA@MiamiDade.gov. For more information and updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) safety measures from Miami-Dade County, visit www.MiamiDade.gov/CoronaVirus.
The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Miami-Dade County Auditorium have worked with local, state and federal agencies in updating their Health & Safety Measures for indoor events. Patrons must review these measures before attending.
The Miami-Dade County Auditorium is located at 2901 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33155 in the heart of Miami’s Little Havana. For more information visit www.MiamiDadeCountyAuditorium.org. or follow on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube & Twitter and subscribe to the e-newsletter.
About Miami-Dade County Auditorium
Since the theatre opened its doors in 1951, Miami-Dade County Auditorium has served as the center for showcasing the diversity of Miami-Dade County’s cultural life and most recently, as a hub for celebrating the Hispanic arts community. Programs are presented in English, Spanish and sometimes both. In order to best serve Miami’s diverse, multilingual audiences, simultaneous translation from Miami-Dade County Auditorium to Spanish and Spanish to English is made available through supertitles and live translation. Miami-Dade County Auditorium partners with outstanding non-profit cultural organizations and artists to present high quality performances on the Main Stage, Mid-Stage and On-Stage Black Box configurations with the objective of cultivating their work. These partnerships have been instrumental in reasserting Miami-Dade County Auditorium’s role as a significant hub of cultural exchange and an incubator for supporting and developing the work of Miami-Dade County’s premiere arts groups and artists. Miami-Dade County Auditorium is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
About Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection. The Department also manages, programs and operates the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, Joseph Caleb Auditorium, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Peacock Foundation, Inc. and The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council. For information about the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs visit www.MiamiDadeArts.org.