Two more world premieres and a Southern premiere will follow; three of the new plays were seen as staged readings in Florida Stage's 1st Stage New Works Festival in 2009.
The resident Equity company (currently in Manalapan, FL) is devoted to recent, new and developing American theatre. (Bill Castellino and Christopher McGovern's Dr. Radio, a new musical, is the current attraction at the theatre.)
Its new program, "The Florida Cycle," is a series of commissioned plays — works that are "inspired by the vital issues and rich history of the state of Florida."
Cane, billed as "a sweeping historic work" by Florida Stage resident playwright Andrew Rosendorf, will play Oct. 27–Nov. 28.
Here's how Florida Stage characterizes it: "In 1928, a farmer is losing his land to rising water. In 2010, the same area is days away from having no water at all. The past and the present are deeply connected in a story of betrayal and bloodshed, water and wind, family and fortune. Inspired by Florida's rich history, this gripping mystery from an extraordinary new talent explores how a state once so wet has become so dry." Here's the 24th season of Florida Stage at a glance:
Goldie, Max & Milk by Karen Hartman, a world premiere, Dec. 15, 2010–Jan. 16, 2011. "A wonderfully funny and beautifully caring new play that wraps you in its warm embrace and sends you back into the world with a smile. Max is a single lesbian who just gave birth. She's unemployed, with a house that's falling apart, an ex on the loose, and no clue how to nurse her four-day-old baby. Can Goldie, an Orthodox Jewish lactation consultant, guide Max into motherhood? Or will conflicting family values get the better of them both?"
Ghost-Writer by Michael Hollinger, a Southern premiere, March 2–April 3, 2011. "A ghost story of literary proportions from the award-winning author of Opus. In this beautiful and evocative play, set in early 20th century New York, tragedy intercedes for a novelist before he can finish dictating his masterwork to his devoted secretary. Yet, somehow, she completes the story on her own in a voice that is unmistakably his. Or is it? An enormously moving tale of the power of love and literature. Delightfully rich and thoroughly theatrical."
The Cha-Cha of a Camel Spider by Carter W. Lewis, a world premiere, May 4–June 5, 2011. "An electric and timely new play from the author of The Storytelling Ability of a Boy. What happens when 'soldiers of fortune' outnumber our Army troops? Fortified with a BFA in Slam Poetry Performance, a young woman finds herself caught up in a frightening and darkly comic journey with two rogue mercenary soldiers and a vaguely magical Afghani cab driver who has a penchant for Led Zeppelin."
Florida Stage will also produce a summer 2011 musical, the fifth annual 1st Stage New Works Festival, its annual Young Playwrights and Monologue Festivals and the fourth year of the company's Gen Z Global Stage Project, formerly Children of Conflict.
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