“Estate” site specific plays
Deering Estate, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Playwright Development Program with the South Florida Theatre League, and University of Miami, join forces to co-present “Estate,” site-specific performances created by Miami playwrights.
Four performances will take place on April 19th at 8:00 pm, April 20th at 8:00 pm, and April 22 at 4:30 pm & 8:00 pm. Admission to the play is free. RSVP at Eventbrite: .
challenging the laws of the land
An ordinary wedding transforms into an extraordinary journey through time, space, and culture. Lace up your walking shoes and unleash your imagination as you follow a Bootlegger, a Bride, and an Indigenous Guide across the lush landscape of a Florida estate, and straight down to its underbelly.
Plays collaboratively written by Stephanie Ansin, Hannah Benitez, Vanessa Garcia, and William Hector, under the guidance of Master Playwright Kenny Finkle.
Part of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Playwright Development Program (PDP), is administered by the South Florida Theater League in conjunction with the University of Miami Department of Theatre Arts, Florida International University, the University of Leeds U.K., and individual participating artists. The program has been hosted at the Deering Estate for over six years as an extension of its Artist in Residence Program for Literary and Performing Artists. Playwrights from the program’s current (2015-2017) two-year cycle have created extension projects, such as “Estate” to further challenge their skills and engage the public in unique productions of their work. PDP’s new cycle is slated to begin in October 2017.
“Estate” is part of the annual Deering Spring Contemporary, a transdisciplinary initiative and exhibition focused on different themes each season. This year’s show, titled Platform 450, offers visitors an opportunity to experience artworks converging on the exploration of scientific data and new technologies as they relate to the natural and historic site. Through this call to artists, Stephen Di Benedetto with Clarisse Lopez and Alex Palmer, have used 3-D mapping technology to aid pre-production and will use the 7Scenes platform to create a related interactive experience. These models, which were a key part of the collaborative process in “Estate,” will be presented as an interactive platform for the public during the run of the exhibit through June 26, 2017.
Participating Artists Include:
PDP Master Playwright Kenny Finkle with Stephanie Ansin, Hannah Benitez, Vanessa Garcia, William Hector, University of Miami Theatre Arts Department Chair – Stephen Di Benedetto, Director/ Scenograph – Scott Palmer, Associate Director – Alex Palmer, and Dramaturg – Michael Yawney.
Cultural Arts Programming at the Deering Estate is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami- Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Playwright Development Program administered by the South Florida Theatre League, University of Miami Theatre Arts Department, University of Leeds U.K., Florida International University, and The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.