Thursday, November 29, 2018

Miami Motel Stories premieres tomorrow!

Immersive Theatre to Narrate Miami History in Unconventional Spaces

WHAT: Miami Motel Stories: MiMo, presented by Juggerknot Theatre Company, in association with Avra Jain
WHEN: Nov 30th - Dec 23rd, 2018 
WHERE: Gold Dust by Selina, 7700 Biscayne Blvd. (Developer- Avra Jain)

Miami Motel Stories is back! Juggerknot Theatre Companyreturns for a second season of Miami Motel Stories. With presenting sponsor Chivas Regal, in partnership with Miami’s Avra Jain, founder of The Vagabond Group, Miami Motel Stories: MiMowill highlight the glamorous and historic Biscayne Corridorfrom the 1950’s to the present day at the Gold Dust, the future home of Selina, formerly known as Motel Blu on 7700 Biscayne Biscayne Boulevard. Audience members are invited to the tiki themed 1957 grand opening of The Gold Dust Motel. Audience members will have the option to purchase a pink, blue or yellow key, unlocking doors to different decades, with costumes and sets sponsored by Goodwill Industries of South Florida,between 1957 and 2018They may experience inspired-by-true- life stories that took place in the motel. These may include an encounter with a Playboy Bunny who worked across the street at the Playboy Club in 1964; A young hustler from gritty 1995, or a 1950’s couple on their first road trip the Magic City, amongst others. 
Awarded the Knight Arts Challenge Grant, Miami Motel Stories is a real-time immersive theatre experience that takes place inside hotel/motel spaces within developing neighborhoods. Writers work alongside developers to tell the story of Miami’s past, present, and future: one room at a time. The work will reflect the undercurrent of history, both real and imagined, bringing artistry and homegrown craft to Miami’s ever-quickening rush to develop.In 2017, Juggerknot Theatre Company launched their first edition of Miami Motel Stories in Little Havana at the historic Tower Hotel, to critical acclaim and sold out houses.
One of the stories will also take place in an authentic 1950s Miami Dade bus, courtesy of Miami Dade Transit, because said Alice N. Bravo, P.E., Director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works, “our transit system has been an important part of people’s lives throughout the years, giving people access to opportunities. It’s through the understanding of our past that we can build a better and brighter future. We are delighted to be part of Miami Motel Stories.”

“We have a responsibility to preserve these authentic Miami stories. Our unique relationship with developers allows us to provide Miami audiences a new way to experience history through immersive theatre. It is a special partnership we have created, and we look forward to telling Miami Motel Stories in every neighborhood,” said Tanya Bravo, Executive Artistic Director of Juggerknot Theatre Company.
"Miami is a city of stories, with many of them rooted in our ever-evolving neighborhoods and buildings. This project provides a chance to tell those stories and bring our city together through the arts,” said Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation.

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