The Miami-Dade County Auditorium (MDCA) has announced its Hot Theatre Summer Series, which opens on July 12 and runs through August 11, bringing audiences a selection of Hispanic theatre performances to Miami from the U.S., Latin America and Spain.
For the last seven years, MDCA has co-presented the International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami, a partnership with Teatro Avante. In 2015, MDCA launched the Hot Theatre Summer Series in Little Havana, offering cultural programming through live theatre experiences, giving audiences the opportunity to enjoy performances during the slow summer months. This year’s lineup is comprised of:
- Cartas de Jenny (Letters from Jenny – Santiago, Chile): July 12–14. This is the story of a dominant mother, an over protected son and the young woman who breaks the circle of maternal certainties with her charm and impudence.
- El Bubulú: Antología Endiablada (The Hullabaloo – Buenos Aires, Argentina): July 18–20. The theater is a machine for sewing memories. The texts of the Spanish gold century merge with the gold that the conquistadors took from Bolivia. It is the cultural gold that crosses time, with that memory honoring the art of the balladeer.
- Millones de Segundos (Millions of Seconds – Buenos Aires, Argentina): July 26–28. Since he was 5, a transgender teen has been counting the seconds he has left to live in an alien body. He is 554 million seconds old and still harbors the hope of beginning his transformation. (Presented in Spanish with English supertitles.)
- Estaba en Casa y Esperaba Que Llegara la Lluvia (I Was Home Waiting for the Rain to Arrive – Miami, USA): August 1-11. One summer evening, the only son of a matriarchal family returns home from a long estrangement. His sisters, mother and grandmother have been waiting for this moment, each one evoking the memories they shared, conversations, silences and expectations. Now he is here, on their doorstep, finally home. (Performances in Spanish with simultaneous audio translation in English and French.)
Additionally, MDCA will host “Día Internacional del Niño” (International Children’s Day). This is a FREE event on Sunday, July 21, 2-6 p.m. that incorporates arts & crafts, food, activities and theatre workshops for children and families, culminating with performances by both participating kids and a professional visiting theatre troupe. This year’s traveling work is a delightful puppetry performance from Murcia, Spain called Siete Cabritillos (Seven Baby Goats). It is the story of seven baby goats who disobey their mother’s orders not to let the wolf into their home. Their mother, along with the courage and ingenuity of the youngest, will give the ferocious predator just what he deserves.
In an effort to engage a broader audience, MDCA has successfully partnered with Culture Shock Miami, a student discount ticket program for the arts, to attract young art goers ages 13-22. MDCA also participates in the Golden Ticket Arts Guide, that provides low-income seniors ages 62 and over with free tickets to cultural events.
MDCA, located at 2901 W. Flagler St. Miami, FL 33135, opened its doors in 1951 and has served as one of the oldest and most prominent performing arts centers in the South Florida region. The 2,372-seat, multi-purpose theater is known for its wide range of reputable cultural performances throughout its history.
For full show information or to purchase tickets, please call MDCA at 305.547.5414 or visit www.MiamiDadeCountyAuditorium.org. Tickets will also be available at the box office.
About Miami-Dade County Auditorium
Since the theatre opened its doors in 1951, MDCA 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 English to Spanish and Spanish to English is made available through supertitles and live translation. MDCA 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 MDCA’s role as a significant hub of cultural exchange and an incubator for supporting and developing the work of Miami-Dade County’s premier arts groups and artists.
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. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s award-winning public art collection. 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 receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County commissioner, 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, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by Ticket Web for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.
Eloise E. Rodriguez