the seven deadly sins

Temptation in the Magic City

November - December 2020

Site-specific, socially distanced live theatrical event to be presented in seven vacant storefronts along Miami Beach’s historic Lincoln Road

Short plays by award-winning playwrights
Hilary Bettis, Nilo Cruz, Moisés Kaufman, Rogelio Martinez, Dael Orlandersmith, Carmen Pelaez and Aurin Squire
take on each deadly sin

Miami New Drama (Michel Hausmann, Artistic Director; Nicholas Richberg, Managing Director) is pleased to announce 7 Deadly Sins, an innovative, site-specific event which will be presented from November through December in seven vacant storefronts along Miami Beach’s historic Lincoln Road.

A diverse group of nationally recognized, award-winning playwrights Hilary Bettis, Nilo Cruz, Moisés Kaufman, Rogelio Martinez, Dael Orlandersmith, Carmen Pelaez and Aurin Squire will premiere seven newly commissioned short plays, each focused on one deadly sin: Lust, Greed, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Gluttony and Pride. In rota- tion over 90 minutes, groups of ten theatergoers will maintain social distance, listening through headphones while actors perform the short plays safely behind the windows of the vacant Lincoln Road storefronts.

 

The pandemic has forced a spike in business closures on Miami Beach’s historic Lincoln Road, with 66 of the 200 storefronts now vacant along one of the most expensive retail streets in the nation. 7 Deadly Sins - Temptation in the Magic City, created with the

 

support of the Lincoln Rd Business Improvement District (LRBID) and Mayor of Miami Beach Dan Gelber, finds an innovative approach to bring audiences and live perfor- mances back to one of the world’s most famous commercial and pedestrian thorough- fares.

 

Miami New Drama is also working with the LRBID on additional restaurant and retail partnerships to bolster the complete cultural and commercial reactivation of Lincoln Road, and is currently awaiting Actors’ Equity approval of this unique approach to artist safety.

 

“This pandemic has shown in stark light the fragility of our world,” commented Miami New Drama Artistic Director Michel Hausmann. “But theatre has survived for thousands of years and through many world catastrophes. We must find new ways to present live theatre until we can gather indoors again, and 7 Deadly Sins is a safe, so- cially responsible way forward. We are also thrilled to work with these seven superb playwrights and to bring much-needed life back to Miami Beach’s great Lincoln Road.”

 

“Miami New Drama is one of our street’s most vibrant arts organizations, so we are ex- cited that they are bringing this visionary production to Lincoln Road, the civic and cul- tural hub of Miami Beach,” said Steve Gombinski, President of the Lincoln Road Business Improvement District.

 

“Lincoln Road is a world-famous landmark of Miami Beach,” remarked Dan Gelber, Mayor of Miami Beach. “Miami New Drama continues to raise the bar, and a return to live performance in such an innovative way not only benefits the street's cultural life. It bolsters the crucial economic recovery of our city after months of devastation and loss. Never have the Seven Deadly Sins been more welcome.”

 

Founded by Michel Hausmann and Moises Kaufman, Miami New Drama is a non- profit professional theater company committed to artistic excellence and groundbreak- ing new work, unique to the diverse and extraordinary city of Miami, with a vision of theater as a powerful form of social engagement. Miami New Drama is the resident company of the historic Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.

 

Miami New Drama is made possible with the support of the City of Miami Beach, Mi- ami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, Funding Arts Net- work, the Jorge M. Perez Family Foundation, and the Knight Foundation.

Hilary Bettis

(Envy) is the writer of the Emmy Award-winning series “The Americans” (FX) and the Miami New Drama world premiere Queen of Basel, which has been produced around the country.

Nilo Cruz

(Lust) won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play, Anna in the Tropics. The PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award winner created the Spanish translations for Miami New Drama's multilingual production of Our Town. His plays include The Color of Desire, Hurricane and others.

Moisés Kaufman

(Greed) is a 2016 National Medal of the Arts recipient under Barack Obama. A Broadway director and playwright, he has received multiple Tony and Emmy Award nominations. His writing credits include The Laramie Project, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and 33 Variations.

Rogelio Martinez

(Gluttony) is a two-time Edgerton Foundation New Play Award winner, a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient and a New Dramatist Alumnus. His plays include his Cold War trilogy: Ping Pong, Born in East Berlin and Blind Date; and his Cuba trilogy: Illuminating Veronica, Arrivals and Departures and All Eyes and Ears.

Dael Orlandersmith

(Wrath) is a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama for her play, Yellowman, an Obie Award winner for Beauty's Daughter and a PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award winner.

Carmen Pelaez

(Pride) is the winner of the 2012 HBO New York International Latino Film Festival Short Film Competition. She is a contributor for NBC Latino and an advisor on Netflix’s “One Day at a Time.” Her credits include the Miami New Drama World Premiere, Fake.

Aurin Squire

(Sloth) is a writer and producer on the hit shows “The Good Fight” and “Evil” (CBS) and was a writer for the hit NBC series, “This Is Us.” He is the writer of Miami New Drama’s world premiere productions, A Wonderful World and Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy.

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