The Cake Comes to the Arsht Center
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The Cake Comes to the Arsht Center

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December 5-22, 2019

City Theatre (@CityTheatreMIA) and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@ArshtCenter) are proud to present the South Florida premiere of The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter, writer and producer of the hit TV series “This Is Us.” Playing December 5-22, 2019 in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater (Ziff Ballet Opera House) and directed by City Theatre Artistic Director Margaret M. Ledford, The Cake is an emotional and funny play about Della, a baker whose deeply held beliefs are suddenly challenged when the girl she helped raise requests she make the wedding cake for her and the woman she loves.

December 5 & 6, 2019 – Previews

December 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. – Opening Night 

through December 22, 2019

Tickets: $45, $50*

Carnival Studio Theater (Ziff Ballet Opera House)

Tickets to The Cake are $45, $50*. Tickets are available now and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at

About The Cake

Life is sweet for Della who makes cakes, not judgment calls – those she leaves to her husband, Tim. Della’s North Carolina bakery is legendary, she’s been cast on her favorite television baking competition, and now Jen, her late best friend’s daughter, has come home from New York with the news she’s getting married and wants Della to make her wedding cake! Then Della learns Jen’s fiancé is actually a fiancée, and Della’s fear of change becomes the main ingredient threatening to spoil everyone’s happily ever after!

The Cake was an off-Broadway hit last season, with numerous productions currently in theaters around the country. The Cake is part of the Arsht Center’s 2019-2020 Theater Up Close Series which is generously supported by Adrianne and Jerry L. Cohen and WLRN. Stearns Weaver Miller is a supporting sponsor for The Cake. City Theatre, longtime producers of the annual Summer Shorts and Winter Shorts festivals, join the Arsht Center’s 2019-2020 Theater Up Close Series with this full-length comedy-drama.

About the Cast

Irene Adjan (Della) is a long-time member of the South Florida regional theater community. She was seen in previous City Theatre productions including Summer Shorts in 2002, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, and Winter Shorts in 2018. Other notable appearances include: DetroitAssassins, and Moscow by Michael McKeever (Zoetic Stage at the Arsht Center); Indecent, Casa Valentina, Adding Machine, In the Next Room, and James Joyce’s The Dead (GableStage); Finding Mona Lisa, RagtimeJoseph, 1776, and Full Monty (Actors’ Playhouse); House of Blue LeavesNight of the IguanaBuried Cities (Studio Theatre); Benefactors and Smell of the Kill (Palm Beach Dramaworks); as well as Music Man, Annie, and Les Miserables (Maltz Jupiter Theatre). She will be seen later this season in The Glass Piano at Theatre Lab in Boca Raton. A proud member of Actors’ Equity, she is the Vice-Chair of the South Florida Equity Liaison Committee. An 11-time Carbonell award nominee, she has won the award three times.

Stephon Duncan (Macy) most recently appeared as “B” in When She Had Wings at Theatre Lab. Her theater credits include City Theatre’s She Shorts, character “C” in Precious Little, Janine and Admonia in The Colored Museum, Louise in Seven Guitars, and Dido in An Octoroon.

Michael Gioia (Tim) most recently appeared in Harlowe at Theatre Lab. Other credits include: The Humans at GableStage; Protest at Mad Cat Theatre; Women in Assembly and Emperor Of The Moon at Thinking Cap Theatre; Most Wanted at Theatre Lab; Mixed Nuts at The Vanguard Theatre; Undo and Brooklyn Boy at Parade Productions. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida and was the owner and executive director of The Acting School of South Florida. More info at

Lexi Langs’ (Jen) selected regional credits include: Alex in The Tuna Goddess (Majestic Theater); May in The Nibroc Trilogy: Last Train to Nibroc, See Rock City, Gulf View Drive (Washington Stage Guild); Babe in Crimes of the Heart (Virginia Repertory Theatre); Annelle in Steel Magnolias (Alhambra Theatre); Avery in Rapture, Blister, Burn (Zoetic Stage at the Arsht Center); Vanda in Venus in Fur (Cotuit Center for the Arts, MA); Melody in Bad Jews (GableStage); Bernadette in The Edge of Our Bodies (Mosaic Theatre); Frankie Addams in The Member of the Wedding (Virginia Rep; River City Rep); and Becky/Molly in Circle of Friends (American Girl Place Theatre, NYC). Training: BFA, NYU Tisch School of the Arts/Atlantic Acting School. More info at

Bekah Brunstetter (Playwright) hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and currently lives in Los Angeles. City Theatre has previously produced her plays, Daddy Took My Debt Away and Run in SUMMER SHORTS festivals. Run was also a City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Finalist script that’s also been produced as part of City Theatre’s SHORT CUTS middle school tours. In addition to The Cake (Ojai Playwrights Conference, off-Broadway and multiple productions in 2019), scripts include Going to a Place Where You Already Are (South Coast Repertory), The Oregon Trail (Portland Center Stage Fall 2016, O’Neill Playwrights Conference; Flying V) Cutie and Bear ( Roundabout commission), A Long And Happy Life (Naked Angels Commission), Be A Good Little Widow (Ars Nova, Collaboraction, The Old Globe), Oohrah! (The Atlantic Theater, Steppenwolf Garage, the Finborough Theater / London), Nothing Is The End Of The World (except for the end of the world) (Waterwell productions), House of Home (Williamstown Theater festival) and Miss Lilly Gets Boned (Ice Factory Festival.) She is an alumni of the CTG Writers Group, Primary Stages writes group, Ars Nova Play Group, The Playwright’s Realm, and the Women’s Project Lab. She is currently a member of the Echo Theater’s Playwright’s group. She has previously written for MTV (Underemployed; I Just want my Pants Back) ABC Family’s Switched at Birth, Starz’s upcoming series American Gods. She is currently a co-producer on NBC’s This is Us and is writing the book for the musical adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel The Notebook. More info at

City Theatre’s additional creative team for The Cake include Joe Rawda (set design), Eric Nelson (lighting design), Matt Corey (sound design), and Ellis Tillman (costume design).

*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Visit for up-to-date information.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from individuals, corporations and local, state and national foundations.

About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Set in the heart of downtown Miami and designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has emerged as a leader in presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity as well as a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area. Spotlighting legends and serving as a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage, the Center presents nearly 400 events each year across its flexible, state-of-the-art performance spaces. The Center programs several Signature Series, including the largest jazz series in South Florida, a major annual Flamenco Festival, and a robust program of new theatrical works as well as free programming for the community and an arts education program that serves nearly 60,000 children each year. As Miami’s new Town Square, the Arsht Center also houses BRAVA by Brad Kilgore, a fine dining restaurant; the Café at Books & Books in the historic Carnival Tower and a weekly Farmers Market. Visit for more information.

About City Theatre

City Theatre is an award-winning professional theater company founded in Miami, FL in 1996, that is dedicated to the development and production of new works and programming that entertains, informs and resonates with its diverse audiences. It is the only theatre in the nation producing ten minute plays and musicals year round and for all ages, including its signature SUMMER SHORTS FESTIVAL which will enjoy its 25th anniversary in 2020 at its Main Stage Artistic Home, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Carnival Studio Theater. City Theatre includes work in its various programming by well-known and exciting new writers culled from its City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contests. From this City Theatre has developed a large community of playwrights from its backyard and around the country. Productions include SHE SHORTS co-presented with Thinking Cap Theatre featuring LGBTQ works by regional and national playwrights, the occasional WINTER SHORTS and CITY SHORTS “Best of the Fest” regional tour into neighborhood venues. City Theatre’s robust educational programs include the SHORT CUTS middle school tour reaching 25,000 students in Miami Dade County; its free First Reads series that invests audiences in the process of new play development; the NextGen Project; a student mentoring initiative to support the Next Generations of South Florida playwrights; and CityWrights, for local, regional and national dramatists and theatre industry leaders engaged in artistic collaboration and professional opportunities. City Theatre is an Associate Member of NNPN, the National New Play Network, where it discovers full-length works that will engage the community including The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter, and Robert Schenkkan’s Building the Wall. Now among the oldest theatres in South Florida, City Theatre was honored by the Carbonell Committee in 2016 with the prestigious Bill Von Maurer Award, which recognizes significant contributions to South Florida theater development by an individual or group, for the company’s dedication to the short form play and fostering new play development.