Point of View

July 21, 2010, 2:22 pm
Filed under: At the Center

The International Hispanic Theatre Festival (IHTF) of Miami is celebrating a significant milestone this summer— 25 years of bringing to South Florida some of the best Spanish-language and Hispanic-themed theatrical productions from throughout this country and around the world.  Presented jointly with Teatro Avante and American Airlines, the Center is proud to help make possible this annual celebration of Hispanic artistic achievement in one of our country’s liveliest centers of Hispanic culture. The International Hispanic Theatre Festival helps fulfill several of the Center’s most important programming goals—to present not just the highest quality work from around the world, but also work that speaks directly to its community.

 IHTF kicked off this summer July 7th at the Center’s intimate Carnival Studio Theater (which is located inside the Ziff Ballet Opera House) and continues with performances Wednesdays through Sundays until the first of August. For the first time in its history, the IHTF dedicates its entire season to Mexico, honoring and celebrating that country’s immeasurable contribution to Hispanic culture.

On view this year are 14 plays originating from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and the United States.  While most performances are in Spanish—some with English supertitles—Brazil’s Os Sonhos de Segismundo is performed in Portuguese with Spanish supertitles. Please visit arshtcenter.org for a complete schedule of productions.

Thanks to director Beatriz J. Rizk, Prometeo Theatre and major support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Festival’s lively educational component, held at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, includes post-performance forums, a theater conference, workshops, staged readings, photography and art exhibits, and video and book presentations.

The guiding light and driving force of the Festival—and the person largely responsible for its impressive history—is Mario Ernesto Sanchez. Producing Assistant Director of Teatro Avante and The International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami, Sanchez has worked to assure the IHTF’s invaluable presence in South Florida for these 25 exciting years.


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