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A play by Juilliard Grad Jonathan Caren, one of America's exciting new theatrical voices. Aaron is smart, privileged and liked by everyone. Iskinder, his college roommate, is modest, unconnected and comes from a middle-class immigrant family. Soon the best of friends, Aaron takes Iskinder under his wing, sharing his world of favors and fortune. But once in the real world, Aaron is thrust into a terrifying situation without his familiar safety net. As the tables turn, both Aaron and Iskinder have to rethink the meaning of friendship and where loyalty has its limits.

“The Recommendation Satisfies
In Its Subtleties At Ground Up. Miami's Ground Up & Rising production is compelling on so many levels.
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—Florida Theater on Stage

"Two Americas collide in the compelling The Recommendation at Artistic Vibes”
—Miami New Times.

"Incendiary acting marks
Ground Up & Rising’s ‘The Recommendation’."

—Miami Herald.

RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS


Location: Artistic Vibes
12986 SW 89th Avenue, Miami, FL 33176
Dates: June 27, 28, July 3, 5 & 12*
Friday & Saturdays: 8pm
Sundays: 2pm & 6pm
Admission: $20 General
$15 Seniors, AEA & SAG AFTRA Union Members
Free - Under the age of 25

(with government-issued ID.)
Tickets Online : CLOSED
Reservations: BoxOffice@groundupandrising.org
*July 12 - 2:00pm performance will feature ASL interpreters for Miami’s deaf and hard of hearing community.

Location: Miami Beach Botanical Gardens
2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139
Dates: July 18th,19th, 24th & 26th
at 5pm
Admission: FREE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Davey has seen something he can't forget. Anita has been forced to flee her home. These two have never met. Tonight their paths cross, with devastating consequences. Thrilling, heartbreaking and darkly humorous by turns, VINCENT RIVER is an upfront look at self-deception's power to destroy. After her son, Vincent, is murdered in a homophobic attack, Anita must come to terms with her loss, and the hidden fact of his sexuality, an aspect of his identity that she had refused to countenance while he was alive. This grief and acceptance is complicated by the arrival of Davey, a battered and bruised seventeen-year-old boy, who confesses to Anita that he cannot escape Vincent's ghost. Anita believes that Davey has come to admit to the murder, but it is a deeper crime, a crime of omission, that is haunting her son's lover.

“What gives VINCENT RIVER its particular and considerable power is how it uses a classic, creaky structure to cast big, disturbing shadows that wind up following you home…The chances of the image of the dead Vincent River ever getting up and walking out of Davey's head are very slim. That's just as true for us as it is for him."
— NY Times

"Ridley's play, with an appallingly sadistic killing at its heart, has a stark simplicity that belies the intricacy of its language and imagery…[The play] conveys powerfully the way in which fiercely held fictions within families, while they remain unchallenged, prop up the familial construct at the cost of dangerously defining and restricting the individuals within it and their relationships…Ridley scatters poetic fragments throughout, like a trail of bread-crumbs leading to the supposed safety of home."
— Times (London).

RUNNING TIME: 1hr 30mins


Location: Artistic Vibes
12986 SW 89th Avenue, Miami, FL 33176
Dates: August 22, 23, 29, 30* &
September 4

Friday & Saturdays: 8pm
Sundays: 2pm & 6pm
Admission: $20 General
$15 Seniors, AEA &
SAG-AFTRA Union Members
Free - Under the age of 25

(with government-issued ID.)
Tickets Online: Coming Soon
Reservations: BoxOffice@groundupandrising.org
*August 30 - 2:00pm FREE performance for the deaf & hard of hearing community featuring ASL interpreters

Location: Miami Beach Botanical Gardens
2000 Convention Center Dr.,
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Dates: September 5th, 6th, 11th & 13th
at 5pm
Admission: FREE