Plays by Hudes, Caudle and Riley Will Premiere at Florida's New Theatre

News   Plays by Hudes, Caudle and Riley Will Premiere at Florida's New Theatre
New Theatre in Coral Gables, FL, the not-for-profit that gave life to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics, will stage four world premieres in 2009-10, including the new work of Pulitzer finalist Quiara Alegría Hudes.

New Theatre will kick off the season with Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew (Aug. 27-Sept. 27).

The first world premiere on the slate is David Caudle's In Development (Oct. 8-Nov. 8). Caudle penned New Theatre's world premieres of The Sunken Living Room and Likeness. In Development is billed as a comedy in which "sex, death, and dramaturgy take the stage at a conference for aspiring young playwrights and their legendary mentor; the previous year had dire consequences, and now lightning seems poised to strike twice."

The National New Play Network world premiere of Hudes' 26 Miles will play Nov. 19-Dec. 20. In 26 Miles, "a Cuban mother defies a custody ruling, kidnaps her estranged Jewish daughter, and the two drive west in search of the authentic American experience."

Hudes wrote Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue and the Tony-nominated libretto of the Tony Award-winning In the Heights. Both were Pulitzer Prize finalists.

(The National New Play Network provides funds to support multiple separate world premieres of one script in the hope that it gets exposure toward a wider life.) The world premiere of local playwright and acclaimed novelist Sandra Riley's The Hour of the Tiger will play Jan. 14-Feb. 14, 2010. In it, according to New Theatre notes, "an American woman immersed in Japan during the cease fire is tangled between rescuing a geisha from her money-hungry master and conquering her own fears."

Two titles — the second "classic" of the season in February and the final world premiere production in May — are to be announced soon.

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New Theatre, founded in 1986 and dedicated to the development and production of new works, is run by Ricky J. Martinez, artistic director, and Eileen Suarez, managing director.

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