Miami, FL— South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center presents DARIUS & TWIG by Walter Dean Meyers adapted by Caleen Sinnette Jennings on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 1:00 PM on the Main Stage of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.
This performance is sponsored by Culture Shock Miami, the young audience development-program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, which provides $5 tickets to arts and cultural institutions for teens and young adults ages 13- to 22. For more information about the program, visit cultureshockmiami.com.
Darius & Twig is a world premiere commission of the Kennedy Center Theater For Young Audiences and part of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center’s Family Series presented by Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay!
Darius & Twig tells the story of two teenage friends growing up on Harlem’s 145th Street. Darius and Twig, best of friends dream of a world beyond the confines of their daily lives. Darius is a writer, whose latest story might be published in a magazine–if only he can keep his alter ego, a fierce falcon, in check. Twig is a runner, whose speed and endurance might bring him a scholarship–if only he can impress college scouts at an upcoming meet. But with Darius’s mother barely scraping by, pressure from Twig’s uncle to give up racing, and bullies Midnight and Tall Boy constantly on their case, these true-blue allies may not truly be free to use their gifts.
Based on the award-winning novel by Walter Dean Myers, this captivating tale about the power of friendship takes the late author’s “unerring eye for what’s real and meaningful in life” (Newsday) to depict visceral scenes of inner-city struggle with sensitivity and wit. Street-smart and suspenseful, playful and profound, Darius & Twig is ultimately the story of two young men who must overcome obstacles by finding the best within themselves.
Appropriate for ages 13 and up. Please note: Play’s subject matter is intended for older audiences and the play includes choreographed stage violence and prop guns.
Here is what critics and journalists had to say about the Kennedy Center’s adaption of Darius & Twig:
All in all, Darius & Twig is a really fun and moving 60 minutes at the theatre. It is a production that was written for young audiences, but does not talk down to them. It presents its issues frankly and unapologetically, but it does not dwell in the unpleasantness of them. Those issues are not the only component that makes up these characters lives, as Darius tells his teacher when she suggests writing about a neighborhood shooting. They are only a part of the whole, and both Darius and Twig use them as inspiration to further their goals. Darius & Twig doesn’t have a happy ending; rather, it has a hopeful ending, which I would argue is the more real, and ultimately more satisfying, ending.
What makes this show unique however is the topic addressed. It is relevant and significant in American society and it is important to expose these issues to audiences of all ages…. For a night of humor, intensity, and a slice of real American life, Darius & Twig is worth bringing your family to.
Full price tickets range from $15 to $20. These tickets are available online at SMDCAC.org or through the SMDCAC box office by calling 786-573-5300. Limited $5 tickets are available for ages 13-22 exclusively through cultureshockmiami.com. With the purchase of a $5 ticket for a 13-22 year old, a second $5 ticket can be purchased for someone of any age. $5 Culture Shock Miami tickets are not sold through the SMDCAC Box Office or through SMDCAC.org. Culture Shock Miami ticket sales for this performance end at midnight on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Proof of age eligibility and TicketWeb confirmation is required when picking-up tickets at will call. Recommended for age 13 and up. The Center is located at 10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay.
ABOUT THE KENNEDY CENTER THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES ON TOUR
Since 1992, Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour has been a leader in bringing imaginative and original works to communities around the nation.
In the program’s 19 year history, 43 tours have played in hundreds of cities in 49 states as well as parts of Canada. More than 2 million children, teachers, and parents have been part of these audiences.
The tours begin with a fully mounted production and engagement at the Kennedy Center for Washington, DC metropolitan area audiences. Prior to the touring season, the shows are re-worked specifically for the road, complete with performing company and production staff. Many works are specifically commissioned by the Kennedy Center and affiliates in order to contribute to the development of new plays and musicals for young audiences.
ABOUT SOUTH MIAMI-DADE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the Office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners. The Center is dedicated to presenting and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade County community.
ABOUT CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI
CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI, a program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, is designed to introduce the next generation of audience members to live arts and cultural experiences at the age when they are beginning to make their own entertainment decisions. Based on research that shows most people begin their appreciation for the arts at a young age, Culture Shock Miami is founded on the premise that when teens and young adults make the arts a regular entertainment choice, they are more likely to become full-price ticket buyers and subscribers in the future. Culture Shock Miami (also known as CultureShockMiami.com) offers teens and young adults ages 13-22, $5 tickets to top music, theatre, and dance performances, as well as admission to museums, landmarks, and cultural destinations in Miami-Dade County. Tickets are on sale now through www.cultureshockmiami.com. With the purchase of a $5 ticket for a 13-22 year old, a second $5 ticket can be purchased for someone of any age. For more information about this exciting program, please call 305-375-1949 or contact Christina Tassy-Beauvoir at Christina.Tassy-Beauvoir@miamidade.gov or Mary-Margaret Dale at MaryMargaret.Dale@miamidade.gov.
The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection. The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay, as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.
ADA / ACCESSIBILITY
It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible and assistive listening devices are available. To request materials in accessible format, and/or any accommodation to attend an event at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, please contact Stephanie Aponte, 786-573-5314, firstname.lastname@example.org, at least five days in advance to initiate your request, TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).