GableStage Director Talks Politics

Joe Adler on November, cuts in school funding, and what's wrong with America.

We've played to a million students in Miami-Dade County over the years — about 40,000 every year. We bring a Shakespeare play to the schools, and we bring the schools to see one of the plays on our main stage. And there has always been financial support for this coming from the Miami-Dade school board. This year, that was eliminated.

Stacy Schwartz (left), David Kwiat, and Wayne LeGette in David Mamet's November
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Stacy Schwartz (left), David Kwiat, and Wayne LeGette in David Mamet's November


i>November: Written by David Mamet. Directed by Joe Adler. With David Kwiat, Stacy Schwartz, Wayne LeGette, David Corey, and Kevin Reilly. Through November 16. GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; 305-445-1119,

So we're going ahead with this program anyway. As a matter of fact, we're starting the tour of Macbeth in about three weeks. And we're doing without the school board's financing. We're gonna find that money, because we don't believe that's a program we can abandon. We'll get the money. Because if that program is cut, this is going to have a serious impact on all arts groups in the years to come. I mean, this is our audience for the future, and not just theater — museums, opera, concert halls, the ballet. Who's going to go, if these kids don't get into the habit of attending now? So I just have to believe that the money will appear when we need it. It always has before.

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