Out in the Tropics GLBT Performing Arts Festival is going on now. What can you expect to see? A stellar group of award-winning, cutting-edge artists from around the world bringing you gender-bending entertainment on subjects like lesbian marriage, Cuban theater, queer circus arts, racy humor,laughter, tears and much more.
Tickets may be purchased in advance by clicking the link to the left or by phone at 800-745-3000 (service charges apply).
Tickets are also available in advance at the Colony Theatre box office in Miami Beach, through Saturday from noon – 5 p.m. without a service charge. Group sale discounts can also be arranged by calling 305-316-6165.
Teatro El Público (Havana, Cuba)
Friday, July 9, 8 p.m.
One of Cuba’s most important and daring theater companies, Teatro El Público, for the first time in the U.S., presents Las Amargas Lágrimas de Petra Von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant), their Spanish-language theatrical reinterpretation of the classic film by famed bad-boy German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The twist in this version is that the parts of the three main female characters, who are involved in a dark and dramatic but also hilarious lesbian love triangle, are all played by male actors. El Público’s founder Carlos Díaz, one of Latin America’s most well-known theater directors, brings his uniquely post-modernist Cuban sensibility to this award-winning production. The play will be performed both nights in Spanish with English supertitles. Friday night after-party at Edison Farrow’s “Hype Friday” at Bar 721, 721 Lincoln Lane. Free admission & complimentary vodka drinks 10-11 p.m.
Taylor Mac (New York City, U.S.A.)
Saturday, July 10, 8 p.m.
Sensational gender deconstructionist, performer, actor, composer and director Taylor Mac makes his South Florida premiere with his solo show The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac. The evening is funny, surprising and adults-only outrageous, as Mac slips in and out of his stunning outfits – pieces of art in and of themselves – tells stories from his life, and sings his unique brand of smart and provocative original songs. In The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac, a hit at New York’s Under the Radar and Edinburgh Fringe festivals, he is reimagining a bohemian tradition of drag that ranges from Jackie Curtis to Bloolips to John Cameron Mitchell. Mac has won numerous awards in his long career, including most recently an Obie and a Hammerstein Award for playwriting, and been named one of Out Magazine’s “100 for 2008.” More about Taylor Mac at www.taylormac.net.
Sara Felder (San Francisco, U.S.A.)
Sunday, July 11, 7 p.m.
Sara Felder’s June Bride, a one-woman, multi-character theater piece that has traveled around the world to make its South Florida Premiere, takes the audience from an awkward first date between Felder and her soon-to-be girlfriend to the struggle to hold a “lesbian wedding ceremony” that, while radical in its pairing of two women, is also a “traditional” Jewish one. Felder mines the story for both comedy and pathos, blending traditional theater with a zany range of circus arts – including 3-ball juggling, sharp knives, colorful scarves, a crystal ball and a straitjacket escape – to create her signature vaudevillian style that is both engaging and thought-provoking. More about Sara Felder at www.sarafelder.com. Mary D. hosts a complimentary 5 p.m. pre-show reception at Taschen Books, 1111 Lincoln Road, for women and their friends.