THE ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER
FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
THE 10th ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF
NE 2ND AVENUE
Written and performed by Miami artist Teo Castellanos
Winner of the prestigious Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
January 19-21, 2012
Theater Up Close Season in Carnival Studio Theater
in the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House
MIAMI, FL December 29, 2011 – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County proudly presents the 10th anniversary production of NE 2ND AVENUE, an award-winning emotional, often humorous one-man play portraying the profoundly rich and textured mix of real Miami neighborhoods. Created and performed by Miami’s Teo Castellanos, NE 2NDAVENUE plays in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater (Ziff Ballet Opera House) from January 19-21, 2012 as part of the Theater Up Close season.
Directed by Michael Garces, NE 2ND AVENUE depicts the lives of eight distinct characters: a Puerto Rican small-time drug dealer, a deprived African-American young lady, a Haitian jitney driver, a Cuban-Jewish grandfather, a Rasta Man, an African-American adolescent trying to find his footing in life, a Cuban rafter and a gay man, who each take the audience on a memorable journey through the intense streets of Miami. Through its characters, NE 2ND AVENUE brings voice to Miami’s marginalized urban populations, exploring underlying issues of racism and social injustice, acknowledging the differences among us and ultimately discovering the common threads that bind us together.
Originally commissioned and produced by Miami Light Project as part of their 2001-2002 Contemporary Performance Series, NE 2ND AVENUE was awarded the International Cultural Exchange Grant by Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs, which allowed Castellanos to bring it to the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it won the Fringe First Award, the most prestigious theater award of the festival (past winners include Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson and Danny Hoch). It was also nominated for a South Florida Carbonell Award for Best New Work and was awarded Best Solo Performance by Miami New Times, and Best Original Play by The SunPost. NE 2ND AVENUE has toured throughout the U.S., the Caribbean and Europe.
Tickets to NE 2ND AVENUE are $35 may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at www.arshtcenter.org. Theater Up Close 3-Show packages are also available for $75 and include tickets to NE 2nd Avenue, Moscow and Death and Harry Houdini.
“As one of South Florida’s premier performing arts institutions, it is key to the Arsht Center’s mission to showcase local talent and Miami-made productions such as NE 2nd Avenue,” said M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “We’re certain Teo Castellanos’ critically-acclaimed play will once again resonate with our city’s melting pot of cultures.”
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami, Teo Castellanos is an actor/writer/director who works in theater, film and television. Castellanos received his B.F.A. in theater from Florida Atlantic University under a full scholarship where he studied with four-time Tony Award winner Zoe Caldwell. Castellanos was awarded Playwright of the Year by City Link Magazine in 2006 and hasbeen nominated for the Alpert Award and twice for the United States Artist Award.
Castellanos is the Founder and Artistic Director of Teo Castellanos D-Projects, a contemporary dance/theater company, whose original work fuses world cultures, ritual and music, examining social issues through performance. He is also coach of the Tigertail Productions Spoken Word Team that competes annually at Brave New Voices, a national competition produced by Youth Speaks. In addition to NE 2ND AVENUE, he is the author of War, Revolution, and the Projects, a one-man trilogy. His most recent D-Projects work, Fat Boy, was showcased at the Arsht Center’s 2011 Miami-Made weekend, premiered at The Light Box at the Goldman Warehouse and will begin touring February 2012.
NE 2ND AVENUE is the fourth installment in the 2011-12 season as part of the Arsht Center’s Theater Up Close series which features artistic collaborations from stellar local theater ensembles and nationally acclaimed theater companies. Upcoming performances include the world premiere of Michael McKeever’s play Moscow and the return of The House Theatre of Chicago with Nathan Allen’s Death and Harry Houdini.
Adrienne Arsht Center presents
NE 2ND AVENUE by Teo Castellanos
Directed by Michael Garces
10th anniversary production! Voted Best Solo Performance by Miami New Times and Edinburgh Fringe Festival Winner, NE 2nd Avenue conveys the profoundly rich and textured mix of real Miami neighborhoods.
The emotional, often humorous one-man play depicts the lives of eight distinct characters: a Puerto Rican small time drug dealer, a deprived African-American young lady, a Haitian jitney driver, a Cuban-Jewish grandfather, a Rasta Man, an African American adolescent trying to find his footing in life, a Cuban rafter and a gay man, who each take the audience on a memorable journey through the intense streets of Miami.
January 19-21, 2012
Carnival Studio Theater
Ziff Ballet Opera House
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132
Theater Up Close 3-Show Package Starts at $75
Visit www.arshtcenter.org for up-to-date information for details and schedules.
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from local, state and national foundations, as well as private contributions to the Adrienne Arsht Center Foundation through corporate and individual giving, Visionary Society membership and the Encore Circle major gifts programs.
About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Made possible by Miami-Dade County’s largest ever public/private-sector partnership, the Center is home to the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. In addition, numerous South Florida arts organizations perform in its theaters regularly. Since opening in 2006, the Center has emerged as a leader in offering and presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity, as a catalyst for development in Miami, and as a host of impactful community outreach and education programs.
Designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the venue is comprised of the 2,400-seat Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, the 2,200-seat John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, the black box Carnival Studio Theater, a restored Carnival Tower, the Peacock Foundation, Inc. Studio, the Peacock Foundation, Inc. Education Center and the outdoor Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts. The Carnival Tower, an architectural icon and one of Miami’s oldest Art Deco buildings, houses the street-level BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Lounge. Events impresario and restaurateur Barton G. Weiss brought his signature style to the Center in 2009 with PRELUDE BY BARTON G, a full-service upscale restaurant.
Visit www.arshtcenter.org for more information.