The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center presents “The Opponent”, written by Brett Neveu. Performances will run over three weekends for 10 shows: Thursday, October 6 through Sunday, October 23, 2022, at the Center’s Wendell A. Narcisse Performing Arts Theater at 6161 NW 22 Ave., Miami, FL 33142. Tickets range from $25 at $30 and are available at AHCACMiami.org.
Directed by Lowell Williams, “The Opponent” looks at the tough world of boxing from the perspective of a small boxing gym owner, the all-timer Tremont “Tre” Billiford (Enrique Galan) and a young up-and-comer, the charismatic and fast Donell Fuseles (Kedar Myers). The play explores difficult truths revealed as issues of loyalty, deferred dreams, and fractured losses that are uncovered. Tensions quickly rise between the two broken men as both blame the other for causing their life-defining failures while nearing the inevitable fight that will ultimately prove who the champion really is.
“The Opponent” marks the first professional theatrical production since the pandemic halted Center-produced productions. The last professional production was “Pretty Fire” by Charlayne Woodard in 2020.
Marshall L. Davis, Executive Director of AHCAC, welcomes the audience saying, “We are thrilled to bring professional theater back to South Florida audiences. This piece promises to keep customers thrilled with its stunning performance.
“We chose ‘The Opponent’ to further the Centre’s mission, showcasing local talent and providing another opportunity to share unique stories rooted in diversity – and hope,” Davis continued.
Chicago Grandstand Chris Jones describes “The Opponent” as “an awesome new piece that dances, parries and, most importantly, lands killer punches”. TheatreMania adds that the work “concisely captures the dirty and disillusioning task of coming of age – a path that sadly forces us to acknowledge the fallible humanity of our most respected mentors”.
The play contains language that is inappropriate for young audiences. “The Opponent” contains material which may not be suitable for children under 14 years of age. Parental support is recommended.
Tickets can be purchased at www.AHCACMiami.org. General admission ticket price is $25. The official opening night and reception will take place on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 7 p.m. for $30.
For more information, call the Center at: 305-638-6771. The box office opens one hour before showtime and the house opens 15 minutes before showtime. Reduced rates for groups are available.
It is Miami-Dade County’s policy to comply with all requirements of the Americans with Disability Act. The property is accessible. To request materials in an accessible format and/or accommodations to attend an event at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, please contact Gloria Wilkins at 305-638-6771 or [email protected], at least five days notice. ahead to start your request. TTY users can also call 711 (Florida Relay Service)
ABOUT THE CENTER
The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, part of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, was founded in 1975 to serve as a nesting place for emerging talent in the performing and visual arts in the heart of Liberty City. By providing quality education, inspiration and encouragement to young people in the community, the Center has fulfilled its mission for nearly 40 years and creates a way for young people to discover their artistic talents every day.
ABOUT THE MINISTRY OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS
The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Council for Cultural Affairs develops cultural excellence, diversity, and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and organizations culture, as well as for our residents and visitors who are their audience. Other supports and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.
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