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Dec 07, 2012

Where have all the antiheroes gone?

Posted by laflor

To Mahagonny, of course. The Antiheroes Project presents “Mahagonny,” a multi-layered multi-disciplinary performance project adapted from the satirical libretto "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" by German writer Bertolt Brecht. The performance, devised by José Manuel Domínguez in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team, is criminal.


Set in a fictitious town named Mahagonny, which was founded by fugitives on the run from the law, the story ensnares its characters in dramas that are full of sin and sorrow, pleasure and corruption. “Mahagonny is a place,” Domínguez says, “where men can go to escape the responsibilities of the outside world and partake in all the food, drink and women they want, as long as they have the money to pay for.” Eventually, as all good stories do, love emerges between two antiheroes—a prostitute and an artist.

Mahagonny attempts big things. It appeals adult audiences who may flinch at or lean into the morality, or lack there of, constructed in this performance. In doing so, Mahagonny shreds the notion of what can be, what should be and what just is in an extraordinarily unstable world.

Note on the The Antiheroes Project: the organization fosters inclusion in South Florida and produces and presents artistic projects with emphasis in the collaboration between artists with and without disabilities. Audiences interested in the professional development and expression of persons with disabilities will be especially interested in this work.

Performances: Sat., December 8th at 8:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 9th at 5:30 p.m. at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center's Black Box Theater, 10950 SW 211 St., Cutler Bay; 786-573-5300 (tickets) Sat., December 15th at 8:30 p.m. at Hialeah High School Auditorium, 251 E 47th St., Hialeah; 786-975-4891 (reservations)

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