Local leaders want to brainstorm with the public about the future of the historic Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami. The long-shuttered theater’s fortunes have turned 180 degrees in the past months, as an effort to revitalize the playhouse has solidified. Nick Madigan wrote for the Miami Herald that Grove residents will have three chances to share their ideas with members of the village council and the playhouse’s advisory committee:
The four-week run of a rarely done Shakespeare play at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach could be a defining moment for South Florida theater.
The set for “Antony and Cleopatra” is minimalist. The costumes, unelaborate. The play, which chronicles the dying days of ancient Rome’s Second Triumvirate, is a collaboration between another mighty trio – England’s Royal Shakespeare Company, New York’s Public Theater and Miami’s own GableStage.
It’s a long distance from the rough streets of Liberty City to the bright lights of Stratford-Upon-Avon in England. But playwright and director Tarell Alvin McCraney has made that journey – and along the way, acquired a resume that would make many artists green with envy.
Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney will adapt and direct Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” as part of a collaboration between Miami’s GableStage, The Public Theater in New York City and the Royal Shakespeare Company.