When the playwriting team of Brendan Cochrane and Joseph Assadourian racked up a PEN American drama award for Heaven, the Miami theater collective Ground Up & Rising was busy staging Stephen Adly Guirgiss acclaimed Jesus Hopped the A Train. Now the writing duo and theater company combine their talents with the world premiere of Joey Shakespear. The play trails a couple of prisoners who determine their only way of getting out is by writing a blockbuster, though what they pen is actually one of the worst screenplays in existence. Ground Up & Rising -- a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing local actors, writers, and directors -- fills a void in the South Florida theater scene. Think of it as Miamis answer to LAByrinth Theater, the same company that shot the original Jesus team -- Guirgis and actor/director Philip Seymour Hoffman -- onto the scene. Performances are 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 7:00 p.m. Sundays through March 19 at Camera Obscura. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for students. Call 786-488-2321 for reservations.
Fri., March 10