FUNDarte presents Out in the Tropics 2015

May 5 - May 9, 2015

Now in its sixth edition, FUNDarte’s Out in the Tropics is a unique, daring, and artistically outstanding performance festival featuring work by some of today’s most innovative and relevant GLBTQ artists, including Chely Lima, M Lamar, Marga Gomez, Caridad Svich and John Moletress of force/collision.

Out In The Tropics 2015 starts with a poetry reading by Miami’s own Chely Lima followed by cocktail reception on Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. at The Miami Beach Botanical Garden; Screening of the classic film “Caravaggio” by Derek Jarman at O Cinema Miami Beach; Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche a groundbreaking multimedia theater work by M Lamar on Friday May 8 at 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Room Backstage at the Filmore Miami Beach; Lovebirds a comedic solo play by GLAAD award winner Marga Gomez, from San Francisco, CA, and JARMAN (All This Maddening Beauty) a multimedia performance work written by Caridad Svich and directed and performed by John Moletress of force/collision from Washington, DC, presented as a double bill on Saturday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at The Colony Theater.

Out in the Tropics also brings exciting free events, including a community-wide panel discussion at the Miami Beach LGBT Visitors’ Center (1130 Washington Ave, Miami Beach) on Tuesday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. followed by a casual meet-and-greet opening reception. The festival also presents community workshops, lectures and other educational activities at distinct venues throughout the festival. For more information on OITT educational activities please visit our website at .

Join FUNDarte for a week of performances, readings, and educational activities provided by local, national and international artists that reflect and address Miami’s contemporary cultural identity, as well as the complex themes of gender politics and LGBT issues locally, nationally and globally. FUNDarte is committed to bringing the extraordinary work of these artists, and the timeliness of issues of identity, community, and cultural expression that they raise, to enrich and excite local audiences.

OITT is Miami’s first and only festival dedicated to LGBTQ artists and issues, and presents music, dance, theater, poetry, film, workshops, lectures, artists’ talks, Q&A’s and backstage mentoring sessions by some of the most dynamic queer artists working and performing today.

OUT IN THE TROPICS (OITT) 2015 – Festival Lineup

Tuesday, May 5th – 7PM
LGBTQ Community Panel and Opening Reception
This informative and entertaining panel discussion features all Out in the Tropics festival artists, along with local LGBTQ artists and activists, providing the local community with expanded possibilities for exploring LGBTQ culture in a safe and encouraging environment. Following the panel discussion, participants will have an opportunity to meet this year’s visiting artists in an intimate, informal opening recpetion conducive to conversation, intimate personal disclosure, and intercultural exchange.
LGBT Visitors’ Center 1130 Washington Ave, Miami Beach 33139
FREE! Please RSVP at [email protected] .

Wednesday, May 6th – 7PM
Poetry Reading by Chely Lima
Chely Lima is a writer, dramatist, poet, journalist, editor, scriptwriter, and photographer. He has written 29 books, among them Discurso de la amante (poetry), and several novels: Lucrecia quiere decir perfidia, Isla después del diluvio, Confesiones nocturnas, and Triángulos mágicos. In his books, he brilliantly combines eroticism, humor, realism, and fantasy. His works have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Esperanto and Czech. His stories and poems have been included in numerous anthologies all over the world. Lima will be reading from his current book of unpublished poems Urano púrpura, which focuses on themes of trans sexuality from the point of view of the author, a transgender and bisexual man himself. The event will be presented in an informal Salon-style in an open-air environment at the magnificent, newly-remodeled Miami Beach Botanical Garden.
?The Miami Beach Botanical Garden 2000 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
FREE! Please RSVP at [email protected]

Thursday, May 7th – 9PM
Screening of the classic film “Caravaggio” by Derek Jarman
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Carravagio’s making and 21 years since the death of Derek Jarman. In commemoration of both of these important dates, the British Film Institute recently completed a new remastering and digital restoration of the film from the original 35mm print. The result is nothing short of remarkable and we’re delighted to bring it to Miami audiences. Caravaggio represents an impressive and enjoyable combination of art and cinema that is now, thirty years on, ripe for rediscovery.
Tickets: General Admission: $11.00 / Senior: $9.50/ Members: $7.50
General Admission tickets are available online at and at the door. Student and Senior tickets are ONLY available at the door.
??O Cinema Miami Beach 500 71st St, Miami Beach, FL 33141
For more information contact O Cinema Box Office at 786-207-1919

Friday, May 8th – 8:30PM
Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche by M Lamar
M Lamar works across opera, metal, performance, video, and sculpture to craft sprawling narratives of racial and sexual transformation. This music theater piece for countertenor and piano emerges from the constant violent and sexualized surveillance of the black male body—plantation overseer, the NBA, police executions of unarmed black men, the United States penal system. Utilizing multiple live and prerecorded camera feeds, this plantation fantasy explores surveillance from the point of view of a black man condemned to death for the murder of his male overseer with whom he has fallen in love. The work plunges to extreme depths of interracial desire within our interracial culture and history. The text for Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche is written by M. Lamar, with additional text by Tucker Culbertson. Music is written by M. Lamar, with art design and live video by Sabin Calvert.

“M Lamar plumbs the depths of all-American trauma with visionary verve.” – The New York Times

Tickets: Ticketmaster at and by phone (800) 745-3000
Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater Box Office: Monday thought Friday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
More Information 305-673-7300
$25 General Admission, $20 Students and Seniors
?Gleason Room Backstage at The Filmore Miami Beach
1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach 33139

Saturday, May 9th – double bill
8:00 PM Lovebirds by Marga Gomez
Lovebirds by Marga Gomez In her tenth solo play, GLAAD award winning comic performer Marga Gomez portrays a crew of incurable romantics as they chase their passions – into the night, through decades, and to absurd lengths in Greenwich Village. Orestes, a macho maitre d’ is infatuated with a tin-eared singer married to an academic who never sleeps and is never awake. On the other side of town Orestes’s daughter cuts off her hair, joins a coven, and starts dating the captain of a women’s football team. Weaving through the action is Polaroid Phillie, an ageless LSD fueled nightclub photographer and fixture at gay bars, Spanish restaurants, street corners and wherever sparks fly.

“Hilariously etched characters in an intricate web of love, longing and life. It’s fast. It’s fun. It’s thought – provoking.” San Francisco Chronicle
9:30 PM JARMAN (All this Maddening Beauty), by Caridad Svich performed by John Moletress for force/collision
JARMAN (All this Maddening Beauty) is a performative gesture inspired by iconic queer artist, filmmaker, and gardener Derek Jarman . Temporal orientations arise and fall away as one performer in space traces the origins of Derek Jarman’s brilliant queerness. Merging landscapes of text, video and live performance, JARMAN orientates itself to both present and past, gazing upon the icon through imagined territories and constructed spaces, making room for the possibility of a conversation across time. Performed by force/collision’s Founding Director John Moletress with a text by OBIE Lifetime Achievement Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich , JARMAN is a transatlantic flight through memory and time.

Tickets: $30 General Admission for 2 performances, $20 each performance
$5 OFF for students (under 18) and seniors (over 65), with I.D. Purchase through and by phone 305. 434.7091
?The Colony Theater 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach 33139
Colony Theater Box Office, Tuesday through Saturday Noon to 5PM. Group rates are available.

Project and organizational support for FUNDarte’s Out In The Tropics 2015 comes in part from the National Endowments for the Arts; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council, and the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the GLBT Community Projects Fund at The Miami Foundation and the National LGBTQ Task Force; Glassworks Multimedia; Miami Beach Botanical Garden; Miami Beach LGBT Visitor Center, University of Miami Departments of Women and Gender Studies, LGBT Studies, and Modern Languages and Literatures; Romaldesign; The Deauville Hotel; Miami Art Guide; MiamiArtZine; WDNA; WLRN; and The Miami Herald.

FUNDarte is a multidisciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to producing, presenting, and promoting music, theater, dance, film and visual arts that speak to Miami’s diverse cultures. Visit our website to find out more about our diverse and inspiring live programming.

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