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Deering Estate and Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs co-present "Estate" - a series of site-specific plays by Miami playwrights

April 19 & 20 at 8:00 pm, April 22 at 4:30 pm & 8:00 pm

MIAMI (March 30, 2017)

Deering Estate, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs' Playwright Development Program with the South Florida Theatre League, and University of Miami, join forces to co-present "Estate," site-specific performances created by Miami playwrights. Four performances will take place on April 19th at 8:00 pm, April 20th at 8:00 pm, and April 22 at 4:30 pm & 8:00 pm at the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave, in Palmetto Bay. Admission to the play is free but reservation is suggested at Eventbrite.com, Estate@Deering Site-Specific Plays

"Estate"
challenging the laws of the land
An ordinary wedding transforms into an extraordinary journey through time, space, and culture. Lace up your walking shoes and unleash your imagination as you follow a Bootlegger, a Bride, and an Indigenous Guide across the lush landscape of a Florida estate, and straight down to its underbelly.

Plays collaboratively written by Stephanie Ansin, Hannah Benitez, Vanessa Garcia, and William Hector, under the guidance of Master Playwright Kenny Finkle.

Part of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Playwright Development Program (PDP), is administered by the South Florida Theater League in conjunction with the University of Miami Department of Theatre Arts, Florida International University, the University of Leeds U.K., and individual participating artists. The program has been hosted at the Deering Estate for over six years as an extension of its Artist in Residence Program for Literary and Performing Artists. Playwrights from the program's current (2015-2017) two-year cycle have created extension projects, such as "Estate" to further challenge their skills and engage the public in unique productions of their work. PDP's new cycle is slated to begin in October 2017.

"Estate" is part of the annual Deering Spring Contemporary, a transdisciplinary initiative and exhibition focused on different themes each season. This year's show, titled Platform 450, offers visitors an opportunity to experience artworks converging on the exploration of scientific data and new technologies as they relate to the natural and historic site. Through this call to artists, Stephen Di Benedetto with Clarisse Lopez and Alex Palmer, have used 3-D mapping technology to aid pre-production and will use the 7Scenes platform to create a related interactive experience. These models, which were a key part of the collaborative process in "Estate," will be presented as an interactive platform for the public during the run of the exhibit through June 26, 2017.

Participating Artists Include:
PDP Master Playwright Kenny Finkle with Stephanie Ansin, Hannah Benitez, Vanessa Garcia, William Hector, University of Miami Theatre Arts Department Chair - Stephen Di Benedetto, Director/ Scenograph - Scott Palmer, Associate Director - Alex Palmer, and Dramaturg - Michael Yawney.

Cultural Arts Programming at the Deering Estate is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami- Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Playwright Development Program administered by the South Florida Theatre League, University of Miami Theatre Arts Department, University of Leeds U.K., Florida International University, and The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to bird walks and guided nature hikes, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida. Discover More history, art, culture, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate.

The Deering Estate offers complementary exhibit viewing nights, highlighting a variety of contemporary, historic, and visiting exhibitions inside the Historic homes. Exhibit Evenings are free of charge and offer the public a chance to interact with artists and curators and to experience a variety of exhibit tours and talks. Exhibit Evenings are held 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm on the third Wednesdays per annual schedule.

About the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council 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 serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection.  The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay,  as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning.  The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, 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.