MicroTheater Miami is a hidden gem in South Florida, promoting live, local theater in the heart of Miami in both English and Spanish. This fun entertainment venue in Miami, sponsored by the Knight Foundation and Centro Cultural Espanol Miami, has been sharing this unique form of theater in Miami for over 3 years now.
The new season of MicroTheater began May 6 and features plays centered around the theme “Backwards and Forwards.” When asked to describe this season’s theme, MicroTheater’s Coordinator Tatyana-Marie Carlo said it was inspired by a quote by Ann Landers: “Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead that is where your future lies.”
This form of microtheater, or microteatro in Spanish, is popular in Spain, and part of the reason the Centro Cultural Espanol and the large local, Spanish-speaking population has
embraced it in Miami. The Miami version of microtheater has seven cargo containers turned into makeshift mini theaters–a tight, yet intimate space that fits up to 15 audience members and actors perform “shorts” of 15 minutes or less. The plays are held throughout the night, as each company reproduces their show six times every evening. The genres range from comedy to drama and mystery.
In April, MicroTheater Miami decided to create something different from the usual scripted shows with the first ever Dynamic Night, which includes six unscripted, improvised plays. Continuing into May, the Dynamic Night will run every Wednesday and will star many of the best local improvisers.
The new season began with Dynamic Night’s opening night on May 6, and featured creative and funny scenes improvised on the spot by some of the best actors in South Florida. The 6 teams that performed include:
Comedy School Dropouts‘ “Christopher Walken’s Adventure Through Time” directed by Jonathan Cabrera, which takes the audience back to a scene in history and all actors mysteriously speak with Walken’s accent
- Michael Schiavinato directs “Christmas in May,” which creates a holiday scene centered around the audience’s suggestion of a perfect–or not so perfect–Christmas gift
- “In The Zone,” features scenes inspired by 1950’s The Twilight Zone, presented by Kristy Webb and her improv company Miamah Comedy
- “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern See Dead People,” featuring Comedy School Dropouts’ member Nathalie Galde
- “Cartoon Time Machine” directed by Fawad Siddiqui, where an audience-inspired cartoon is drawn to form the backdrop to a scene back in time
- “Cluster Fudge The Musical,” a hilarious play that adds musical interludes with improvised lyrics, directed by Carlos Rivera from AllTheComedy.com
The Dynamic Night will run every Wednesday during the season from 8 – 11 p.m. The regular English Prime Time is on Thursdays from 8 – 11 p.m. Spanish Prime-Time runs Friday and Saturday from 8 – 11 p.m., and Sundays from 7 – 10 p.m. The Golfa late night shows in Spanish run Fridays and Saturdays from 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.
To learn more about MicroTheater Miami, click here.
The season of “Backwards and Forwards” runs May 6 – June 7, 2015, and the schedule is as follows:
Dynamic Night: Every Wednesday from 8 – 11 p.m.
English Prime-Time: Every Thursday from 8 – 11 p.m.
Spanish Prime-Time: Every Friday and Saturday from 8 – 11 p.m., and Sundays from 7 – 10 p.m.
Golfa: Every Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Centro Cultural Espanol Miami patio
1490 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
TICKETS: Tickets are $5 per play. Purchase tickets for cash only at the ticket counter. To learn more, click here.