Miami New Drama at the Colony Theatre at Miami Beach will premiere its first play of the year with Cuban-American playwright Michael Leon’s The Cubans, a poignant, humorous story of a Cuban-American family struggling to understand each other, where they fit in and the complicated immigrant quest for identity. Nowhere other than Miami could appreciate the idiosyncrasies of this production, which is sweet like a cafecito until it’s not.
When Christy returns home to Miami for a family celebration, she clashes with her overbearing motherm Marticam over her life choices and family expectations – until a life-shattering event threatens to destroy the family’s very foundation. The Cubans will be directed by Victoria Collado, former director of the wildly successful and immersive Cuban drama The Amparo Experience.
The Cubans begins with a heartwarming family experience, but like with all families, life can take an unexpected turn, and that’s when things get real. It’s reminiscent of the familiar culture and tone of Que Pasa USA with a serious This Is Us-style tragedy that will leave a profound impression, causing you to reflect on your own family dynamics.
“Miami New Drama exists because we believe that the next great American plays will be coming from diverse and multicultural places like Miami and will be written, directed, and starring a group of artists that look and sound like our community,” said artistic director Michel Hausmann. “The Cubans is exactly that, a brave and wonderful play written by an extraordinarily talented young playwright who is doing a serious exploration of an immigrant community, con lo bonito y lo feo.”
Performances are Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $39-$65 and may be purchased through the Miami New Drama box office by calling 305-674-1040 or visiting colony.org.