Key Biscayner Founders of City Theatre Summer Shorts, Susan Westfall and Alan Fein, enjoyed a night of O Miami O Poetry O Plays at Books and Books recently in Coconut Grove.
The O Miami April Poetry Month event honored classic and modern language lyricists where thespians from City Theatre recited from their immense library of plays such as “The Nurse” by Philip Hall.
A finalist in last year’s contest play submissions with references to The Bard, Westfall called it, a “gaudy little play much like Shakespeare himself.” It is the tale of a woman scorned who walks into her psychiatrist’s office bemoaning her broken heart in iambic pentameter lines reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet.
It was a crowd pleaser as were all of the five or so works recited to an appreciative group laughing heartily at the well-attended event. Topics ranged from love lost, to love reborn, to an escapade in Canada recounted about bringing over Cuban contraband…not cigars, but the similarly illegal works of Cuban poetry.
“We have been partnering with Book and Books for forever,” said Westfall.
“But this was the first time we did a reading in Coconut Grove as part of Poetry Month and we got to explore our extensive library of plays…it was so much fun.”
City Theatre Summer Shorts begins soon. It runs from May 30 to June 23 at Adrienne Arsht Center’s Susan Westfall’s Playwright Stage. Westfall promises a musical or two and the classic hilarity of original escape into living art they have made famous in Miami for over 26 years. Arshtcenter.org