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News FL's New Theatre Mixes Classics and Three World Premieres in 2008-09 New Theatre, the Florida troupe under the artistic leadership of Ricky J. Martinez, will open its 2008-09 season with Shakespeare's As You Like It Aug. 14-Sept. 14. Three world premieres will follow Shakespeare's romantic comedy.

The upcoming season marks a "refined" focus of programming for the Equity company known for contemporary voices. Expect a "Nouveau Classic blend of classics and new works."

Andrew Case's The Rant will play Sept. 2-Oct. 26. In the world premiere contemporary drama, "an investigator is assigned to the murder case of a 16-year-old African-American boy, killed by an NYPD police officer, and must wade through prejudice, deceit, and a volley of anonymous threats to find hidden truth."

The world premiere of local playwright Michelle Rosenfarb's The Gates of Choice will play Nov. 13–Dec. 14, 2008. "Set in the Israeli Ultra Orthodox quarter of Mea Shearim, the play's protagonist is a young, Hasidic woman faced with an arranged marriage who finds refuge and answers in a taboo relationship."

The world premiere of Robert Caisley's Kissing romantic comedy will run Jan. 15-Feb. 15, 2009. "This biologically ticking comedy heats up after an illicit office kiss sends the lives of two couples spinning out-of-control," according New Theatre.

The "second classic" of the season will be Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie (Feb. 26-March 29, 2009) will be followed by a run of Theresa Rebeck's recent Broadway play, Mauritius about two sisters claiming ownership of a family stamp collection. New Theatre might be best known outside of Coral Gables, FL, for its world premiere of Anna in the Tropics, the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Nilo Cruz.

For information, call (305) 443-5909 or visit www.new-theatre.org.


Ricky J. Martinez is artistic director or New Theatre and Eileen Suarez is 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.

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