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Out in the Tropics GLBT Performing Arts Festival

Gender-bending, lesbian marriage, Cuban theater, queer circus arts, racy humor, laughter, tears and much more will all be part of part of the mix when a stellar group of award-winning, cutting-edge artists from around the world take the stage at Out in the Tropics!

Opening Kick-Off: Queer Culture, Global Culture
Wednesday, July 7, 7:00 pm – Free Panel  & Reception

Join us for a lively evening of food, drink and the ideas and insights of an international group of cutting-edge artists! The night begins with Queer Culture, Global Culture, a panel discussion with Festival artists Carlos Diaz, founder of Teatro El Público, Sara Felder, and Taylor Mac. plus South Florida-based singer Beverly MClellan
(, in an in-depth discussion about the state of GLBT arts and culture, moderated by Festival Artistic Director Robert Rosenberg.  At 8:00 pm the evening continues with a reception featuring food courtesy of First & First Southern Baking Company and a complementary Shore Club signature cocktail, plus cash bar, with live music from Beverly McClellan. This "kick-off" event is free  and open to the public.
Co-sponsored with the Women's and Gender Studies and Latin American Studies Programs, and the Joseph Carter Memorial Fund of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, at the University of Miami. and the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Florida International University and the University of Miami.

The Shore Club Hotel - 1901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
(parking at public lot at 21st & Collins, on-street meters and hotel valet


Teatro El Público (Havana, Cuba)
Thursday & Friday, July 8 & 9, 8:00 pm

One of Cuba’s most important and daring theater companies, Teatro El Público, for the first time in the U.S., presents Las Amargas Lágrimas de Petra Von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant), their Spanish-language theatrical reinterpretation of the classic film by famed bad-boy German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The twist in this version is that the parts of the three main female characters, who are involved in a dark and dramatic but also hilarious lesbian love triangle, are all played by male actors. El Público’s founder Carlos Díaz, one of Latin America’s most well-known theater directors, brings his uniquely post-modernist Cuban sensibility to this award-winning production. The play will be performed both nights in Spanish with English supertitles.
Friday night after-party at Edison Farrow's "Hype Friday" at Bar 721, 721 Lincoln Lane. Free admission & complimentary vodka drinks 10:00-11:00 pm.

Colony Theatre 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach


Taylor Mac (New York City, U.S.A.)
Saturday, July 10, 8:00 pm

Sensational gender deconstructionist, performer, actor, composer and director Taylor Mac makes his South Florida premiere with his solo show The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac. The evening is funny, surprising and adults-only outrageous, as Mac slips in and out of his stunning outfits – pieces of art in and of themselves – tells stories from his life, and sings his unique brand of smart and provocative original songs. In The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac, a hit at New York’s Under the Radar and  Edinburgh Fringe festivals, he is reimagining a bohemian tradition of drag that ranges from Jackie Curtis to Bloolips to John Cameron Mitchell. Mac has won numerous awards in his long career, including most recently an Obie and a Hammerstein Award for playwriting, and been named one of Out Magazine’s "100 for 2008." More about Taylor Mac at

Colony Theatre 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Sara Felder (San Francisco, U.S.A.)
Sunday, July 11, 7:00 pm

Sara Felder's June Bride, a one-woman, multi-character theater piece that has traveled around the world to make its South Florida Premiere, takes the audience from an awkward first date between Felder and her soon-to-be girlfriend to the struggle to hold a “lesbian wedding ceremony” that, while radical in its pairing of two women, is also a “traditional” Jewish one. Felder mines the story for both comedy and pathos, blending traditional theater with a zany range of circus arts – including 3-ball juggling, sharp knives, colorful scarves, a crystal ball and a straitjacket escape – to create her signature vaudevillian style that is both engaging and thought-provoking. More about Sara Felder at Mary D. hosts a complimentary 5:00 pm pre-show reception at Taschen Books, 1111 Lincoln Road, for women and their friends.

Colony Theatre 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Free workshop for GLBT teenagers
Thursday, July 8, at 6:00 pm with Sara Flder at
Pridelines Youth Services, 9526 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores
Free master classes for professional artists
Friday, July 9, 10:00 am-1:00 pm with Sara Felder and Taylor Mac at
Miami Contemporary Dance Company, 5101 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

If you want to stay in South Beach during the festival discount room rates of $175 per night are available at the Shore Club, our official host hotel, until June 21, using code 802255 onlne at or by calling (877) 640-9500

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Support for Out in the Tropics comes in part from ABC Charters; Ambiente Magazine; the City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts; First & First Southern Baking Company; Glassworks Multimedia; the GLBT Community Project Funds at Dade Community Foundation, in partnership with the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force; Mary D. Events: Miami Contemporary Dance Company; MiamiARTzine; Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Florida University and the University of Miami; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald; the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation; the Shore Club Hotel; SoBe Social Club; South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Florida; South Florida Gay News; Taschen Books; Wire Magazine; and Women's and Gender Studies and Latin American Studies Programs, and the Joseph Carter Memorial Fund of Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, at the University of Miami.

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