Point of View

July 6, 2010, 7:44 pm
Filed under: Awards and Recognition

In the Miami New Times  “Best of Miami 2010” special edition, published June 16, Mad Cat Theatre’s new production of Broadsword, the first collaboration between the acclaimed Miami theater company and the Adrienne Arsht Center, was honored in two categories: Best New Play and Best Ensemble Cast.

Two of the Center’s most important goals are to seek out the best shows in the industry to present on its stages as well as to find opportunities to collaborate with local artists and theaters. In Broadsword, the Center found both when Scott Shiller, the Center’s Executive Vice President, saw the first incarnation of the play at Mad Cat’s Light Box theater and was thrilled by the artistic caliber of the show.  The Center approached the show’s creators—playwright and Miami-native Marco Ramirez (who’s now writing for TV’s “Sons of Anarchy”) and director Paul Tei (currently playing Paul on TV’s “Burn Notice”)—to propose a collaboration on a second production of the play. The Adrienne Arsht Center and Mad Cat Theatre co-presented the new Broadsword April 29 – May 9, 2010, at the Center’s much larger but still intimate Carnival Studio Theater, giving many more appreciative theatergoers a chance to witness Mad Cat’s dazzling brand of theatrical artistry.

Paul Tei (Left) and Erik Fabregat in the Broadsword premiere at the Adrienne Arsht Center

To top it all off, Broadsword was nominated for 5 Carbonell Awards and received high critical praise, including rave reviews in the New Times and the Miami Herald, which called it “must-see theater!”

It turned out to be a winning collaboration for all involved.

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