Wednesday, April 8, 8:30 p.m.
Gleason Room Backstage at the Fillmore, 1700 Washington Avenue
Mad Cat Theatre Company returns to the South Beach Comedy Festival with a new play “Earthquake” written and directed by company member Jessica Farr. In an attempt to crawl out of obscurity and find himself relevant once again, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Trevor Winston writes a new "hard hitting, important play" bent on changing the lives of its audience members. But as the play passes through the producer's fingers, the rehearsal process, and the egos of those presenting the work onstage, Trevor discovers he is creating "sensationalist disaster porn disguised as altruism." With his eyes set on a successful Broadway opening that doesn't completely overlook his original intentions, Trevor finds himself compromising his work for all the wrong reasons.
Miami Beach Arts in the Parks presents: Don Pasquale FREE
Saturday, April 18, 7:00 p.m.
North Shore Band Shell, 7275 Collins Avenue
Music by Gaetano Donizetti presented with a full orchestra. Donizetti's exuberant farce chronicles the ill-fated attempts of elderly bachelor Don Pasquale to snare a wife while he tries to stop his nephew, Ernesto, from doing the same. Ernesto loves the lively widow Norina, and the couples are persuaded to assist Don Pasquale's friend Malatesta in a plot to ruin the old man's fantasies of marriage. Norina, posing as Don Pasquale's innocent bride-to-be, becomes a shrew after their marriage is finalized, terrorizing her husband and even boxing his ears. As a last straw, Don Pasquale finds a carefully planted love note from Ernesto to Norina that leads him and Malatesta to "discover" the lovers in the garden. The wise Malatesta reconciles everyone, and all ends.
Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen
Saturday, April 18, 8:00 p.m.
Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Avenue
Two of America's favorite high-profile gay men, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen, are hitting the road together this year. The tour is being billed as an evening of unscripted, uncensored and unforgettable conversation.