FIU Theatre opens 2013-2014 Mainstage season with Cardenio

The FIU Theatre 2013-2014 Mainstage Season opens Friday, Sept. 27, with Cardenio, an overstuffed lasagna of a play that combines layers of mismatched lovers, sexual intrigue and Italian songs with a long-lost Shakespearean drama to create a contemporary, high-spirited, gawky romantic comedy.

Join our characters as they fall in and out of love while dancing, singing and celebrating over the largest Italian feast ever presented on a South Florida stage. Cardenio is written by Stephen Greenblatt and Charles Mee and directed by Michael Yawney. There will be a complimentary opening night reception at 7 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Herbert & Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center, with the performance beginning at 8 p.m.

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From left to right, “Cardenio” stars Juanita Castro-Ochoa as Luisa (the groom’s mother), Chachi Colon as Susanna (the groom’s college friend), and Daniel Leonard as Rudi (the carpenter).

by Stephen Greenblatt and Charles Mee, directed by Michael Yawney

When: Sept. 27–Oct. 6, 2013; Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.

Location: Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Black Box Theatre, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami, FL 33199

Tickets: $10 students, $12 seniors & faculty/staff (with ID), $15 general admission. Available at or 305-348-0496.

Join us for these special events:

  • Opening Night Reception: Friday, September 27 – Pre & post-show refreshments beginning at 7 p.m.
  • Theatre of the Mind: Sunday, September 29 – A 45-minute post show panel discussion of the ideas and topics of the play.
  • Inside Scoop: Wednesday, October 2 – A 30-minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show led by select members of the cast and production teams.

The show features scenic design by Florencia Ancewicz (BFA, Design), costume design by Ileana Mateo (BFA, Design), lighting design by Liza Perez (BFA, Design), and sound design & original music by Paul Steinsland (BA).

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