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“The Bridge of San Luis Rey” Now Adapted for Stage by David Greenspan

Miami New Drama’s current production is an adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel
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The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Miami New Drama (pictured-Kevin Veloz, Jeanette Dilone, Austin Reed Alleman; photo-Andrés Manner, Miami Institute of Photography)

Miami New Drama at the Colony Theatre is proud to present THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY, an adventurous adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel written and starring 6-time Obie Award winning playwright, David Greenspan. The multi-faceted tale is turned into a wryly lyrical fable of fate, love, and the transformative magic of theater. Playing October 24-November 17, 2019 at the historic Colony Theatre in Miami Beach, the production launches Miami New Drama’s 2019-2020 Season.

Tickets to THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY are priced at at $39, $55, $65 and may be purchased through the Miami New Drama Box Office by calling 305-674-1040.

“David Greenspan puts the play back in playwriting.”
– Charles Isherwood, Variety

Kicking off the 2019-20 Season for Miami New Drama at the Colony Theatre

October 24-25, 2019 – Preview
October 26, 2019 – Opening Night through November 17, 2019
Tickets starting at $39
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The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Miami New Drama (pictured-Company; photo-Andrés Manner, Miami Institute of Photography)

Adapted for the stage, directed by and starring David Greenspan, this show tells the story of five travellers, and how their lives are intertwined after being hurled to their deaths by a collapsing bridge in colonial Peru. This gripping new play is a lyrical and transformative experience about the bridge between life and death: love.

THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY deepens Miami New Drama’s relationship with the Wilder Estate that began with the acclaimed multilingual adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town bringing Grover’s Corner to life with a Miami audience in mind . This piece kicks off Miami New Drama’s third full season at the Colony Theatre bringing thrilling stories for a new Miami to the stage.

“The Wilder Estate introduced me to this play because of the extraordinarily strong relationship we built during the development of Our Town, and because they knew of my love for the book,” says Artistic Director Michel Hausmann . “The play captures the magic of the novel, while adding the wry, unexpected humor of the great David Greenspan. I knew we had to do it. We are thrilled to give this play its second production and share it with our Miami audience.”

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Miami New Drama (pictured-Jeanette Dilone, Mary Lou Rosato, Marcela Jabes; photo-Stian Roenning)

THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY features a multicultural cast of award-winning local and visiting talent. David Greenspan (6-time Obie Award winner) leads as Uncle Pio, Austin Reed Alleman as Esteban, Lindsey Corey (Carbonell Award Winner) as Dona Clara, Jeanette Dilone as Camile Perichole, Marcela Jabes as Pepita, Carlos Orizondo (Carbonell Award Winner) as Don Andres & Cap. Alvarado, Mary Lou Rosato (Drama Desk Award Winner) as Dona Maria, Karen Stephens (Carbonell Award Winner & Miami New Times Best Actress) as Madre Maria, and Kevin Veloz as Manuel.

“Bringing The Bridge of San Luis Rey to Miami New Drama offers me an opportunity to hone and to deepen the production by addressing, as of yet, unexplored aspects of the play,” says Greenspan . “Being in Miami also allows me to draw from different acting community, and to bring the play to a very different community of theatergoers.”

“It is a whimsical fairytale about big themes like love, longing, loss, and loneliness, but it is first a paean to the joys and powers of words.” – Patrick Maley, David Greenspan’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey, NJ Advance Media

Miami New Drama will present three additional world class productions including two world premieres and a co-production with Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota in the 2019-2020 Season. THE CUBANS by Michael Leon, directed by Victoria Collado (January 23-February 16, 2020), A WONDERFUL WORLD, book by Aurin Squire, directed by Christopher Renshaw (March 5-April 5, 2020), and THE GREAT LEAP by Lauren Yee, directed by Vanessa Stalling.

About Miami New Drama
Founded by playwright and director Michel Hausmann and National Medal of the Arts winner Moises Kaufman , Miami New Drama is a nonprofit professional theater company committed to artistic excellence and groundbreaking work unique to this diverse and extraordinary city, with a vision of theater as a powerful form of social engagement.

The company’s first show of its debut 2017-2018 season, a multilingual version of Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town, was critically-acclaimed as “glorious, emotionally potent” and “inventive and touching…superb!”

Past productions include the American premiere of Ferdinand von Schirach’s Terror directed by Tony Award winner Gregory Mosher, The Golem of Havana , an original musical written (book) and directed by Michel Hausmann, Queen of Basel , a new play by Hilary Bettis, directed Michel Hausmann, One Night in Miami, by Kemp Powers, directed by Carl Cofield, the world premieres of Fake by Carmen Pelaez, directed by Carl Andress, Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy by Billy Corben and Aurin Squire, directed by Michel Hausmann, and Viva La Parranda! by Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo in collaboration with Juan Souki.

Miami New Drama is the resident company of the historic Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road, is the winner of two Knight Arts Challenge awards and a Knight New Works Miami award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and was the 2018 Miami New Times Best Theater for Drama. Miami New Drama is a member of the South Florida Theatre League and Theater Communications Group.

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