Out in the Tropics Performing Arts Festival

From Jul 7th through 11th, 2010.

altGender-bending, lesbian marriage, Cuban theater, queer circus arts, racy humor, laughter, tears and much more will fill the stage at Out in the Tropics, South Florida’s first Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender contemporary performing arts festival, from July 7th through 11th, 2010. A stellar group of award-winning, cutting-edge artists from around the world are already set for the festival’s line-up at Miami Beach’s Colony Theatre and other venues.

The festival’s first two performances at the Colony Theatre on Thursday, July 8th and Friday, July 9th, at 8:00 pm, are by Teatro El Público, Cuba’s most important and daring theater company, for the first time in the U.S. They will present 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 modernist Cuban sensibility to this award-winning production. The play will be performed both nights with English supertitles.

Out in the Tropics continues on Saturday, July 10th, at 8:00 pm, at the Colony, with the South Florida premiere of The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac, featuring sensational gender deconstructionist, performer, actor, composer and director Taylor Mac in this solo show. 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. He is re-imagining a bohemian tradition of drag that ranges from Jackie Curtis to Bloolips to John Cameron Mitchell. The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac was a hit at New York’s Under the Radar and the Edinburgh Fringe festivals. Mac has won numerous awards in his long career, including most recently a Hammerstein Award for playwriting, and been named one of Out Magazine’s 100 for 2008.

The festival closes on Sunday, July 11th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Colony Theatre, with Sara Felder in the South Florida premiere of June Bride, her one-woman multi-character theater piece that has traveled around the world. The play 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. While the subject matter may be serious, Felder mines it 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.

Out in the Tropics Festival is presented by FUNDarte, one of South Florida’s most successful presenters of alternative culture, in association with Tropical Wave Productions, was launched this past November with a wildly successful one-night showcase.

Fundarte at the Colony Theatre
1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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