Miami New Drama and Colony Theatre Take Flight

MIAMI NEW DRAMA AT COLONY THEATRE PRESENTS THE AMERICAN PREMIERE OF TERROR  

By Ferdinand von Schirach and Directed by Two-Time Tony Award Winner Gregory Mosher to run January 26 – February 19, 2017

MIAMI BEACH, FL – As part of its new permanent residency and management role at Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, Miami New Drama officially begins its 2017 season with the American premiere of Terror. The play will be directed by two-time Tony Award-winning Director Gregory Mosher, who is also the former Artistic Director of Lincoln Center in New York City. Under the Artistic Direction of Co-Founder Michel Hausmann, Miami New Drama brings the American adaptation and translation of this German play stateside. The original German version has been translated not only in script, but also to be consistent with American law. Previews for the American premiere of Terror begin January 26, 2017 and the show runs January 28 through February 19, 2017.

“It is a humbling honor for us to be working with such a legendary director,” says Hausmann of Mosher. “He has had such an outstanding impact on the American theater scene and we are thrilled to have him here in Miami. The play is unique in that it has groundbreaking audience participation. They say theater is different every night; the fact this show’s verdict (and ending) is up to the audience gives that saying a new reality.”

This internationally acclaimed drama casts the audience as jurors, while Colony Theatre’s stage transforms into a courtroom. The storyline follows a pilot facing trial after she has shot down a hijacked commercial flight headed for a crowded stadium. Her fate is in the audience’s hands. To further the show’s interactive quality and to track the theatrical trial’s verdict, audiences can check statistics of votes on http://terror.theater. The statistics show the distribution of audience votes of “guilty” and “not guilty” as the play unfolds.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Michel’s Miami theater venture,” says Mosher. “Michel was one of my most outstanding Columbia students, and I’m delighted that I now get to call him a colleague.  The only reason to do a play, no matter when it was written, is that it’s about our lives now. Ferdinand von Schirach’s Terror could not be more immediate, not just because the events of the play could, God forbid, happen at any moment, but because the moral questions it asks the audience to consider are both mind-bending and eternal.”

Gregory Mosher is the director and/or producer of over 200 plays at the Lincoln Center and Goodman Theatres (both of which he led), on Broadway, at the Royal National Theatre, and in the West End. Colleagues have included playwrights Samuel Beckett, Tennessee Williams, David Mamet, Richard Nelson, Spalding Gray, David Rabe, and Edward Albee, and countless leading actors and directors. Notable premiere productions include Six Degrees of Separation, John Leguizamo’s Freak, David Rabe’s Hurlyburly, Richard Nelson and Sean Davey’s James Joyce’s The Dead, the South African township musical Sarafina, and first productions of over twenty plays by Mr. Mamet, includingAmerican Buffalo, Speed-the-Plow, Edmond, and Glengarry Glen Ross. Recent work on Broadway includes A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller and That Championship Seasonby Jason Miller. His new version of Sophocles’ Antigone, played in Kenya and South Africa in the summer of 2015, and his production of Love Letters starting Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal played toured America last year.

Michel Hausmann, Artistic Director, Co-Founder of Miami New Dramais a Venezuelan-born theater director, producer and writer. Hausmann is the bookwriter and director of The Golem Of Havana, an original musical that premiered at LaMama in August of 2013. The musical received its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company in July of 2014 and had a critically acclaimed run at the Colony Theatre with Miami New Drama. With over 6,500 attendees and a 5 week extended run, The Golem of Havanais the highest growing theater show in Miami’s recent history.

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About Colony Theatre

Colony Theatre is located in the heart of South Beach on Lincoln Road. It first opened on January 25, 1935 as a Paramount Pictures movie house. Recently, the building underwent a three-year $6.5 million renovation to restore its original Art Deco grandeur and update its stage and technical equipment.

Today, the Colony is a 415-seat state of the art venue proudly managed by Miami New Drama. Its impressive art deco design makes it one of the crown jewels of Miami Beach. The theatre hosts an exciting array of events, including music, dance, comedy, and theatre performances. The Colony Theatre is also home to Miami New Drama’s own exciting theatrical season. For more information, visit www.colonymb.org.

About Miami New Drama

Miami New Drama (MiND) 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 aim to serve audiences as diverse as the city itself.

MiND’s inaugural production, The Golem of Havana, was an enormous success.  More than 6,500 people attended the musical production in an extended five-week run, breaking every record for past productions at the Colony Theatre and grossing over $250,000– more than any other theater show in Miami’s recent history.  It garnered national attention from the entertainment industry and received rave critical reviews. MiND proved that there is a substantial audience for thoughtful high quality live theater in Miami. Its success inspired the City of Miami Beach to invite them to transform the Colony Theatre into a vibrant cultural institution. For more information, visit www.miaminewdrama.org.

About Michel Hausmann (continued)

Hausmann’s Off Broadway credits include the New York Premiere of Vassily Sigarev’s Black Milk at East 13th Theater and the New York premiere of The Color Of Desire, by Pulitzer Prize winning author Nilo Cruz. In Venezuela, he was the Artistic Director of Palo De Agua, a leading Venezuelan theater company. There he directed the world premiere of Los Navegaos, the last play by renowned Venezuelan playwright Isaac Chocrón, as well as critically acclaimed productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Producers that enjoyed an audience of 170,000 spectators. Along with Moisés Kaufman, he co-directed the Venezuelan premiere of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.

Michel received his BA from Emerson College and an M.F.A in theater directing from Columbia University. Hausmann is a New York Theater Workshop 2050 Fellow, a Shubert Presidential fellow, an IRNE nominee and a Richard Rodgers Award finalist. For more information, visit www.michelhausmann.com.