New Theatre presents Bird in the Hand by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas

From March 22 through April 7, 2013.

In this wry comedic play, an adolescent Felix recalls working summers at his father’s tropical-bird theme park in Miami, where imported flamingos serve as a metaphor for his feelings of entrapment, estrangement and disconnection. Through movement, video and sound, the birds played by actors help Felix reconstruct foggy and embellished memories of his past.

Under the direction of Artistic Director Ricky J. Martinez and Literary Manager Steven A. Chambers, the cast features the young talents of Kristina Abreu, Michelle Antelo, Gabriel Bonilla, Sammantha Hernandez, Ivan Lopez, Vanessa Thompson and Fidel Urbina.  The team includes:  Production Stage Manager, Jerry Jensen with Sets, Lights and Sound Design by Ricky J. Martinez and Costume Design by K. Blair Brown.

“Mr. Cortiñas’s subtropical bildungsroman is perceptive and original, no small feat for this ancient and angsty genre.” – The New York Times

“A sad, funny comedy… A delightful piece. The dialogue is fresh…” – The New Yorker

“A very entertaining evening.” –

Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas’s many awards include, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Helen Merrill Award; “playwright of the year” in El Nuevo Herald’s 1999 year-end list; a Writers Community Residency from the YMCA National Writer’s Voice; and the Robert Chesley Award, among others. He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2004. His first play, Maleta Mulata, was produced by Campo Santo + Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. His second play, Sleepwalkers, was produced by the Area Stage in 1999, where it was awarded a Carbonell Award for Best New Work in South. Sleepwalkers was further developed and remounted by the Alliance Theatre in 2002. Tight Embrace was produced by INTAR in New York, and his play, Blind Mouth Singing, recently completed runs at Chicago’s Teatro Vista and the New York based National Asian American Theatre Company, productions the Chicago Tribune praised as having “visionary wit” and that the New York Times called “beautiful and strange”. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc. and TDR/The Drama Review. He has been commissioned by the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Hartford Stage and Playwrights Horizons. He is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop and a Resident Playwright at Fulcrum Theater.

Performance times are Thursday – Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm. Sundays, March 31 and April 7 at 5:30 pm. All performances $25.

New Theatre at The Roxy Performing Arts Center
1645 SW 107th Avenue
Miami, FL 33165

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