Cultural Compass

Summer Shorts

Thursday, May 30 — Sunday, June 23. City Theater at CARNIVAL STUDIO THEATER

Summer is coming! Get ready with a hilarious round of fast and furious speed dating theater at SUMMER SHORTS! America’s Short Play Festival presents fresh and original shorts, 10-minute comedies, dramas, and mini-musicals, lined up in a fun-filled theatrical celebration. It’s a whole season of theater in under 2 hours!

Every summer thousands are entertained by SUMMER SHORTS, featuring new plays from the country’s best writers, performed by a company of South Florida theater all-stars!

Get your shorts now! It’s the cool thing to do on a hot summer night.

Illustration courtesy of the Arsht Center.

SUMMER SHORTS 2019- Celebrating its 24th anniversary!

Considered the kick-off of the summer theater season, City Theatre’s SUMMER SHORTS will celebrate 24 years of presenting the best short plays in the country this season. City Theatre is the national leader in producing innovative, original “short” plays that enlighten, inspire and entertain.

4 world premieres and 3 southeastern premieres!

Tickets to SUMMER SHORTS 2019 are $35-$70*. Tickets are available now and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office by calling (305) 949–6722, or online at arshtcenter.org.

Featured SUMMER SHORTS 2019

BIG FAT COW — World Premiere!

By Hillary Rollins (Book & Lyrics), William Johnson (Music)

Directed by Margaret M. Ledford

Finalist 2017 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest

Where is she now? A moooving tail-all moosical about the celebrated Cultured Dairy Icon who rose like cream, and then …spoiled.

FRANKLIN PIERCE: DRAGON SLAYER — World Premiere!

The Untold Story of America’s Debatably Least Effective President

By Preston Max Allen (Books & Lyrics) and Will Buck (Music)

Directed by Michael Yawney

Finalist 2018 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest

When eighth-grader Jennifer is assigned Franklin Pierce for her class’s President’s Day project, she’s bummed to have gotten one of the history’s most forgettable presidents. However, a visit from Franklin himself one night challenges everything Jennifer thought she knew about his presidency, dragons, and even herself.

FROZEN FOODS — Southeastern Premiere!

By Ian August

Directed by Michael Yawney

Finalist 2018 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest

Linda finds Carol in the middle of the frozen foods aisle of the Superfood Market having an existential crisis. Can she snap her friend out of it or will she be sucked into the never-ending cycle of despair?

SCHRODINGER’S GUN — Southeastern Premiere!

By Greg A. Smith

Directed by Gladys Ramirez

Finalist 2018 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest

A white police trainee faces two black officers. A briefcase between them might or might not hold a loaded gun. The officers claim to be teaching a lesson about truth, trust, and discipline, but are all three playing a dangerous game?

TELEPHONES AND BAD WEATHER— Commissioned World Premiere!

By Steve Yockey

Directed by Gladys Ramirez

Finalist 2019 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest

Brenda is at the end of her rope. Her husband won’t stop building in their backyard, the neighbors won’t stop complaining, the phone won’t stop ringing, and it may never stop raining. It’s almost too much for her. And then things get really strange.

THE FORGOTTEN PLACE — Southeastern Premiere!

By Jeff Locker

Directed by Gladys Ramirez

Finalist 2019 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest

All Eric ever wanted was a friend. He just never knew how to find one.

THE PRESENTATION — Southeastern Premiere!

By Lia Romeo

Directed by Margaret M Ledford

Finalist 2019 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest

Samantha has to give a presentation on sexual harassment in the workplace…to a very unusual audience.

THIS IS HOW GHOSTS SPEAK

By Jen Diamond

Directed by Margaret M Ledford

Finalist 2019 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest

It’s nearly show time at Theatre 33 when the power goes out. Three theatre workers caught in the darkness tell a ghost story as they stumble into literal magic.

SUMMER SHORTS 2019, presented by City Theatre and Adrienne Arsht Center. For more information and tickets, please visit: Arshtcenter.org

“A laugh a minute!” — Florida Theater On Stage.

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