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Local Talents Shine in 14th Annual Summer Shorts
June 2, 2009, 3:44 am
Filed under: City Theater

The 14th annual Summer Shorts Theatre Festival was launched on Friday night in the Carnival Studio Theater in the Ziff Ballet Opera House. The festival is the country’s biggest celebration of one-act plays, designed as three distinct series: Signature Shorts (the original), Shorts 4 Kids, and the adults onlyundershorts. City Theatre and the Adrienne Arsht Center continue their Summer Shorts partnership this year, shining the spotlight on a stage graced with some of South Florida’s finest born-and-bred theater talent.

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The Carbonell Award-winning festival has become a nationally recognized event, “We partner with America’s most prestigious theater festival, the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville,” said Stephanie Norman, City Theatre Co-Founder and Executive Director. “With a wealth of the nation’s best writers penning work for our stages we felt that this year’s line-up needed to be hilarious, poignant– and certainly rocking.”

“The new playwrights we’ve added to the festival this year are nationally known talents, combined with festival stalwarts such as festival favorite Rich Orloff and South Florida’s nationally rising star, Marco Ramirez,” comments City Theatre Artistic Director Stuart Meltzer.

A Hialeah native, Ramirez started with City Theatre several years ago in the Shorts 4 Kids mentoring program for student playwrights, when he was a student at Coral Reef Senior High. He went on from there to become an intern with City Theatre, and attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating from NYU, Marco served as the Company’s Literary Manager. “Marco is a prolific playwright,” says Norman.” We’ve produced six of his plays.”

Ramirez has also produced plays at Mad Cat Theatre, The Kennedy Center (Helen Hayes nomination), and Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays (Heideman Award in 2006 and 2009). He’s a proud recipient of the Drama Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Lecomte du Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center. He currently continues to study playwriting at the Juilliard School.

Ramirez has two plays this year in the Shorts 4 Kids program: Regina Flector Wins the Science Fair and Special Features: A Play About a Movie Marvin’s Making, which was especially written for Shorts 4 Kids. When asked about writing for the Summer Shorts Festival, he recently told Miami Artzine, “You really have to push any creative muscles you’ve got to the limit… It’s kind of like asking yourself, ‘What’s the 10-minute play that no one else can/will write?’ and then writing that play.”

Undershorts is an adult companion to Shorts 4 Kids, touted as, “Naughty, bawdy, and not for the kiddies”! Miami-based playwright Christopher Demos-Brown, commends City Theatre for their attention to the short play, calling their production values “first class” and the acting “exceptional”.

His contribution to undershorts, So I Am Wondering…, is about a terminally ill man who asks his friend to lunch in order to proposition him for sex as a dying wish.

The Summer Shorts Festival trio of programs will perform at the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami from May 28 – June 21, 2009 followed by a summer residency at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale from June 25 – 28, 2009.

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