World Premiere weekend at The PlayGround Theatre 4/16-17/11

The PlayGround Theatre Celebrates Newest Original Production, The Red Thread with World Premiere Weekend
Saturday, April 16th at 7 pm
Sunday, April 17th from 12 pm to 6 pm
The PlayGround Theatre
9806 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33138

The PlayGround Theatre celebrates its newest world premiere original production, The Red Thread, with a full weekend of events, starting with the grand opening performance on Saturday, April 16th at 7 pm. Inspired by ancient Chinese folktales, The Red Thread tells the story of a young woman’s heroic efforts to rescue her father’s surprisingly miraculous masterpiece. Funded in part by a $100,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight Arts Challenge, The Red Thread is an original work written by Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin and Artist-in-Residence Fernando Calzadilla.

New to The PlayGround Theatre’s ensemble cast are New York actors Christian T. Chan, Christina Jun, and Kate Shine. They join accomplished local actors Melissa Almaguer, Troy Davidson, Stephen Elliot Kaiser, Marjorie O’Neill-Butler, and Jesús Quintero for The Red Thread.
On Sunday, April 17th from 12 pm to 6 pm, everyone is invited to join The PlayGround Theatre’s celebration of this newest production by attending Chinatown Miami in Miami Shores.

Chinatown Miami is a Chinese street festival that will fill Miami Shores with the sights, sounds, and tastes of the diverse cultures of China. Six blocks of downtown Miami Shores, NE 2nd Avenue from 94th to 100th streets, will be closed off for Chinatown Miami. The Chinese street festival is free and open to the public, and includes a green market, food, arts and crafts vendors, musicians, and shows for children that include magicians and dragons. The 2pm performance of The Red Thread will be followed by a traditional Chinese dragon parade featuring actors from the production, in addition to a post-performance VIP Chinese dining experience next to the theatre (tickets will be required).

The Red Thread runs April 13th through May 27th and is recommended for ages 8+. For the first time at The PlayGround Theatre, Saturday performances will be at 8pm; Sunday performances are at 2pm, weekday performances at 10am. Tickets are $20; group rates are available. For a full schedule, information on The PlayGround Theatre or to purchase tickets, call 305-751-9550 or visit www.theplaygroundtheatre.com. Click here to see American Theatre magazine’s March (2011) cover story on Stephanie Ansin and The PlayGround Theatre.

Founded in 2004, the not-for-profit company has produced ten plays that delight, provoke, and inspire audiences of all ages and abilities. Productions reflect the international flavor of the South Florida community and expose audiences to a wide range of international literature, art, and culture. Since its inception, The PlayGround Theatre has hosted over 100,000 children at its productions.

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