MIAMI NEW DRAMA is a producing and presenting organization committed to theatrical excellence and stories designed for the intersections of Miami’s multicultural 21st century audience. Founded in 2014, we present world-class work by American, Latin American and international artists. By sharing work where cultures, dialogue, and communities intersect, we serve audiences as diverse as the city itself. In 2016 Miami New Drama became the resident company and operator of the Colony Theatre. The theatre hosts an exciting array of events, including music, dance, comedy, and film in addition to our own exciting theatrical season.
October 27-November 18
The night of February 25th, 1964 a young Cassius Clay emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center as the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Against all odds, he’s defeated Sonny Liston and shocked the world of boxing. While crowds of people swarm Miami Beach’s hotspots to celebrate the match, Clay, unable to stay on the island because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws, spends the night at the Hampton House Motel celebrating with three of his friends: activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke, and football star Jim Brown. The next morning, the men emerge determined to define a new world.
In One Night in Miami..., critically-acclaimed playwright Kemp Powers aims to pinpoint exactly what happened during those pivotal hours. Featuring the music of Sam Cooke, including his hit song, “A Change is Gonna Come,” the show sets out to answer this question by offering a piercing narrative for the evening, which challenges the four men, strips them bare, and reveals them for who they were.
January 24-February 17
Amidst cut-throat competition at a renowned auction house, Camila has just been promoted as the head of the Latin American Art Department when she is presented with one of her great-aunt Amelia Pelaez’s paintings as a last minute inclusion. The authenticity of the painting is questionable, Camila’s dedication to her great Aunt is not, forcing Camila to decide between her own burgeoning career and Amelia’s legacy. Written by Cuban-American playwright and Miami native Carmen Pelaez, this exciting world premiere thrusts us into the world of high stakes art dealing, Cuban politics, and a thrilling pursuit for the truth.
March 7-April 7
Based on the acclaimed documentaries by Billy Corben, Cocaine Cowboys chronicles the development of the illegal drug trade in Miami during the 1970s and 1980s through the eyes of Rivi Ayala, a hired assassin working with the notorious drug dealer Griselda Blanco. Created from the actual texts of Ayala’s depositions, newspaper articles of the time, and other found documents, this new theatrical documentary will shed light on how the economic growth which took place in Miami during this period was a benefit of the drug trade, and how it shaped the Magic City we know today. Award-winning playwright, Aurin Squire, joins Billy Corben and Michel Hausmann in developing this uniquely Miami docudrama.
Viva La Parranda
April 25- May 19
A village, a dream, a new musical. Bringing passion and color through traditional rhythms and dances, Betsayda Machado and La Parranda El Clavo—her village’s own multi-generational band—invites audiences to discover, indulge, and celebrate the contagious beats of Afro-Venezuelan soul through stories and songs of their real-life struggles and triumphs. The energizing percussion and vocal ensemble presents an engaging repertoire cultivated through centuries of African tradition and musical influence in Venezuela.