BIG LOVE OPENS THE SEASON AT NEW WORLD SHOOL OF THE ARTS WITH A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO ARTS SUPPORTER REM CABRERA. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, AT THE LOUISE O. GERRITS THEATER
MIAMI— Opening the 2007-2008 Season, New World School of the Arts’ Music Theater Division puts on the must-see, must-feel production Big Love, by Charles Mee. Based on The Suppliant Women by Aeschylus, this tragicomedy brings together fifty brides and fifty grooms in what would be a knock-down, drag-out passionate battle of the sexes. The outcome of what could have been a mass wedding turns into an explosive rebellion as the brides fantasize and then carry out their macabre plot to rid themselves of their male counterparts. With a 25-member cast comprised on NWSA Music Theater college juniors and seniors, the production will be staged at NWSA’s Louise O’ Gerritts Theater on Fridays October 12 & 19 and Saturdays October 13 & 20 at 7:30 PM; and. Sundays October 14 & 21 at 2:00 PM. 25 NE 2nd Street, downtown, Miami. General admission is $12.00; students and seniors $5.00.
Opening night on Friday, October 12 will highlight and honor arts supporter Rem Cabrera with an invitation reception at the New World Gallery, hosted by Manhattan Café. Cabrera, who will be flying in from Chicago specifically for the 6:00 PM reception create the Theater Arts League of South Florida in collaboration with the Dade Cultural Alliance, thereby giving theaters in the community an opportunity to work together and support each other. NWSA Dean of Theater Patrice Bailey comments on the impact of Cabrera’s initiative has had on the school “By having unified auditions our faculty and alumni are able to explore existing positions in their field”. “We are grateful for his dedication and support and honoring him with this special tribute on the opening night of our season gives us an opportunity to show our gratitude” concluded Bailey.
Serving as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation, the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Miami-Dade Art in Public Places and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County among others, Rem Cabrera, has held the position of Senior Cultural Administrator for Miami Dade County Cultural affairs for the last 16 years, where he administered grant programs for the Department. Cabrera created the Artist Enhancement Grants Program through the South Florida Cultural Consortium to further professional development opportunities for artists from throughout Florida and administered the Creative Capital Professional Development Program, a new program for individual artists who are originators of art that is presented in conjunction with New York City's Creative Capital Foundation; and the Miami Herald Project, a commission program for local artists. Rem, who was the first assistant director for the Colony Theater on Miami Beach, has been awarded numerous awards for his outstanding contributions to the arts including the first Remy, a series of annual awards giving for outstanding contribution to regional theater named in his honor and a Maxie, given for exceptional service to the cultural community of Miami-Dade County.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, and is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. Through its partnership with the University of Florida NWSA is able to grant Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees.