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“With Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries, the company has found an intimate, challenging play for its newest venue. Director and Ground Up cofounder Arturo Rossi has a strong two-person cast in Sheaun McKinney and Valentina Izarra.This taut two-hander offers a quirky, unsettling look at how literally painful life can be. Izarra's Kayleen impressively ripens into a furious, damaged, self-destructive woman. McKinney brings just enough rough-and-tumble whimsy to little Dougie, and he makes the grown-up Doug’s longing for Kayleen, the character’s belief in her healing powers, utterly convincing.”

Miami Herald

Written by: Rajiv Joseph
Directed by: Arturo Rossi
Starring: Sheaun Mckinney
and Valentina Izarra

Two eight-year-olds’ lives collide in the nurse’s office: Doug rode his bike off the roof and Kayleen can’t stop throwing up. As they mature from accident-prone kids to self-destructive adults, their broken hearts and broken bones draw them ever closer. These two rebels may only be fit for one another. But how far can one person go to heal another’s wounds?


Ground Up invites constituents of South Florida to join a fun and life-saving letter writing event for the ONE Campaign's Initiative to support the Electrify Africa Act in an effort to eliminate extreme poverty! Patrons who join us after the show for the letter writing campaign will receive FREE admission.

Venue: Artistic Vibes
Dates: Sunday, October 6
Where: 12986 SW 89th Ave.
Miami, FL 33176
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Time: 2:00 pm
Admission: $15 General
$10 Student (with valid ID)
CASH Only at the door
Tickets Online: Eventbrite - Gruesome Playground Injuries
Reservations: gurachin@gmail.com

McKinney, a veteran of Ground Up's troupe, has an imposing muscular, loose-limbed physicality of gentle genial giant, but he has the capability of erupting scorching lava. Izarra has a dancerís grace and emits the aura of a tortured soul who long ago gave up on any hope of a genuine relationship with anybody. As per the script, they donít exude any romantic chemistry, but there is a sense of kindred spirits cautiously trying to make connections but shying away before consummating emotionally.

We saw this play at 2nd Stage in New York starring Pablo Schreiber (The Wire) and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter). While the play had more polish and plausibility there under Scott Ellisí direction, the work here by Rossi, Izarra and McKinney actually lands a far more emotional punch.

Florida Theater on Stage




“The Zoo Story, completed in 1958, earned Mr. Albee instant acclaim as an American Beckett, attuned to the rage and daily despair beneath the surface of middle-class life. Surreal though it is, the drama is based on the instantly recognizable humanity of its characters. If the play's ceaseless needling at affluent illusions seemed a young man's prerogative, Mr. Albee has never really outgrown that approach, managing for 45 years to remain -- in plays ranging from ''Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'' (1962) to ''The Goat'' (2002) -- as prickly and funny and disturbing as he was in ěThe Zoo Story.”

The New York Times
Written by: Edward Albee
Directed by: Collin Carmoue
Starring: Collin Carmouze and
Sheaun Mckinney

The Zoo Story by Edward Albee: Peter is a middle-class publishing executive with a wife, two daughters, two cats and two parakeets. Jerry is an isolated and disheartened man. These men meet on a park bench in New York’s Central Park. Jerry is desperate to have a meaningful conversation with another human being. The elements of ironic humor and unrelenting dramatic suspense are brought to a climax when Jerry brings his victim down to his own savage level.

The play explores themes of isolation, loneliness, and miscommunication as anathematization, social disparity and dehumanization in a commercial world.

Venue: Miami Beach Botanical Gardens
Dates: July 7 & 14
Where: 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Times: 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Admission: FREE







“An explosive, deeply affecting study of alienation and the redemptive power of love.”

New York Daily News
Written by: John Patrick Shanley
Directed by: Collin Carmoue
Starring: Curtis Belz and
Valentina Izarra

The play is set in a rundown bar in the Bronx, where two of society’s rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a halting conversation over their beer. He is a brooding, self-loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason; she is a divorced, guilt-ridden young woman whose troubled teenage son is now being cared for by her parents. Danny, whose fellow truck drivers call him “the animal,” seems incapable of tender emotion, while Roberta, who is still haunted by the memory of an ugly sexual incident involving her father, is distrustful of men in general. And yet, as their initial reserve begins to melt, and they decide to spend the night together, the possibility of a genuine and meaningful relationship begins to emerge—the first for both of them. In the end there are no facile, easy answers, but thanks to the playwright’s skill and compassion, both characters are able to probe within themselves to find an exorcism and forgiveness that, while painfully achieved, offers the hope of a future touched, at last, with more than the bitterness and loneliness that had been their lot before their fateful meeting.

Venue: O Cinema Wynwood
Dates: June 24 & 25 and
July 1 & 2, 2013
Where: 90 NW 29th Street
Miami, Florida 33127
Get direction
Time: 8:00 pm
Admission: General - $15.00
Student: - $10.00
(with valid ID)
Cash only
Reservations: gurachin@gmail.com





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