Police Drama, The Rant, Premieres at New Theatre in FL

News   Police Drama, The Rant, Premieres at New Theatre in FL Committed to contemporary voices, New Theatre in Coral Gables, FL, presents the world premiere of Andrew Case's thriller, The Rant, Oct. 2-26.

Artistic director Ricky J. Martinez directs the drama about an investigator assigned to the murder case of a 16-year-old African American boy shot and killed by an NYPD police officer. The investigator "must wade through prejudice, deceit, and a volley of anonymous threats to find out where culpability and truth really lies," according to New Theatre notes.

Opening is Oct. 4. The cast includes Ricky Waugh, Patrice DeGraff-Arenas, Reiss Gaspard and Pilar Uribe.

The creative team includes production stage manager Betsy Paull-Rick, stage manager Clint Hooper, lighting designer Travis Neff, sound designer Osvaldo Quintana, costume designer K. Blair Brown and scenic designer Jesus Casimiro.

The Rant is part of the National New Play Network's "rolling world premiere" program whereby theatres around the country independently mount the same play and bill it as the world premiere, hoping to insure a wider life for it.

Performances play Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 1 PM. Additional Sunday 5:30 PM performances will play Oct. 12 and 19. New Theatre is located in Coral Gables, one block from Village of Merrick Park, at 4120 Laguna Street, Coral Gables, FL. For tickets call (305) 443-5909 or visit www.new-theatre.org.

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Run by Ricky J. Martinez (artistic director) and Eileen Suarez (managing director), New Theatre was founded in 1986 and is dedicated to the development and production of new works. The theatre has brought the national premieres of more than 30 plays by early- and mid-career American playwrights to South Florida, including New Theatre-commissioned Anna in the Tropics, winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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