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For Immediate Release:
May 23, 2011

Media Contact:
Cathy Guerra

Free Playwright Readings at the Deering Estate at Cutler

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
See three new plays before they reach the stage on Sunday, June 5th, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Deering Estate at Cutler. For the past two years, playwrights Chris Demos-Brown, Andie Arthur, and Michael Yawney have each been working on creating new plays from scratch - under the instruction of nationally renowned master playwright Kenny Finkle - as part of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs' Playwright Development Program.

The Playwright Readings will be held at the Deering Estate at Cutler's Exhibit Hall and are free and open to the public. The schedule for the Readings is as follows:

WRONGFUL DEATH by Chris Demos-Brown
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A jaded personal injury lawyer fights for the case of her life in a play that examines the weird ways the American civil justice system values human life.
(Invitation Only)

OUTCASTS OF EDEN by Andie Arthur
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
In 1637, Mary Dyer has left the only home she has ever known to come to a New Eden in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, where she befriends and follows outlaw preacher, Anne Hutchinson. As Hutchinson's preaching tears the colony apart, will Mary follow her heart or her community? IT FEELS GOOD by Michael Yawney
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
(Adult Content)

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs' Playwright Development Program is a series of two-day workshops conducted by nationally-renowned playwrights in conjunction with the Theatre League of South Florida and The Deering Estate at Cutler. Started in 2001, the program is designed to provide intensive support for cultivating new work from Miami's growing and diverse community of playwrights. It has successfully served as an incubator for new works that frequently go on to be produced by major theaters, including Susan Westfall's "The Boy from Russia" by Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables and Juan Sanchez's "Buck Fever" by Promethean Theatre in Miami. For more information on the annual Playwright Development Program, please visit online or call Adriana Perez 305-375-5019.

The South Florida Theatre League is an alliance of theatrical organizations and professionals dedicated to nurturing, promoting and advocating for the growth and prestige of the South Florida theatre industry. Since 2001, SFTL has been administering the Playwright Development Program in collaboration with the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.

About the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs:
The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, its 15-member volunteer advisory board, develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County's art collection. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, The Children's Trust, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council. Please visit online for information.

About the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR):
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the National Gold Medal Award, 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award winner for excellence in management and operations, MDPR is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information about MDPR the public can call 3-1-1 or visit online.



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