Miami Theater Center (MTC), in collaboration with Mad Cat Theatre Company, end the season on a provocative note with Firemen are Rarely Necessary – a dark comedy about some light censorship – written by Theo Reyna. Firemen are Rarely Necessary is the second play this season to address censorship, following Mad Cat’s production of Vaclav Havel’s Audience and Protest – two short plays exploring freedom of speech and expression in Czechoslovakia under a totalitarian regime.
The examines what happens when it becomes increasingly difficult to find the right words to describe a world where things have gone terribly wrong. The story is set in Florida, in the not-so-distant future. In 2011, Florida’s Governor has banned the use of the phrases “climate change” and “global warming” by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. By 2015, he had the ban extended to most other state agencies. Environmental journalist, Mara Lowe, receives the tip of her life. Toxic waste is eroding Florida’s limestone bedrock. Determined to get to the truth, Lowe sets out to unravel a conspiracy involving big business, censorship, and the Governor himself.
Written by one of Mad Cat’s resident playwrights, Theo Reyna, and directed by Mad Cat Theatre founder, Paul Tei, Firemen are Rarely Necessary features actors Deborah L. Sherman (appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association), Noah Levine, Jordon Armstrong, and Maha McCain; with set and light design by David Nail; costumes by Karelle Levy; film and projections by Ted Chambers; and sound design by Matt Corey.
Firemen are Rarely Necessary premieres Thursday, June 29th and runs through Sunday, July, 16th. Show times are 8pm Thursdays through Sundays in The Sandbox at MTC. General admission tickets cost $30. Students and seniors with ID are $15, and Industry can purchase tickets on Thursdays and Sundays only for $15.
Thursdays – Sundays at 8pm
Tickets: General Admission $30
Students and Seniors with ID $15
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