Eli of the Mind

Along similar lines of furthering arts education, a group called OneArt, "dedicated to the cultural enrichment of handicapped and underprivileged children since 1979" and located in the Miami Design District at 180 NE 39th Street, is offering free drama, dance, and arts classes for students ages eight through fifteen with its "Kids Off Streets" program. Participants will be encouraged to audition for a performing company under the direction of Jose Martin, artistic director of OneArt and former dancer with the Joffrey Ballet of New York. For more information, call Alexander Prado at 576-7447.

Finally, local playwright Janice Lapore needs not more education but well-deserved encouragement for her increasingly successful efforts to make a South Florida voice heard on the national stage. Janice's Delores Rain, which premiered at ACME three years ago, is now being developed for production at The Organic Theater in Chicago. Another work is under consideration at the Arena Stage in Washington, while a short piece is being similarly perused by the famed Humana Festival in Louisville. Meanwhile, her newest, A Curse of Angels, can be seen this summer at ACME's original play festival. As I've said before, the secret to making a real impact on the theater world at large lies in developing original plays. Let's hope there are more like Janice out there, more local theaters willing to take the risk of birthing new work, and more audience members willing to be challenged and surprised.

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