FORT LAUDERDALE – It’s a gay wedding in every sense of the word — both fun-filled and same-sex– as audiences mingle, dance and dine with outrageous characters at Jon and Juan’s Wedding in the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Wednesday, October 12 through Sunday, October 23.
As Jon Silverman and Juan Rodriguez plan to say their vows, they must contend with their outspoken Jewish and Cuban families, an over-the-top singing “bridesmaid” and spaced-out best man. The interactive comedy where the audiences become wedding guests includes a multi-cultural wedding dinner of Bubbe’s noodle kugel and salad alongside black beans and rice, Abuela’s ropa vieja and plantains, wedding cake and a complimentary glass of Asti Spumante to toast the happy couple. The comedy is a co-production of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and Creative Arts Enterprises co-founded by Ellen L. Wedner.
Wedner recalls, “We held an improvisation workshop for three days in 2002 to create Jon & Juan’s Wedding. That evolved into a full production which was presented for 11 shows in 2002 followed by performances throughout the state as both public and private events. As the audience favorite makes its Broward Center premiere, gay weddings are even more topical and the comic struggle of merging families is timeless.” Creative Arts Enterprises is a Miami-based non-profit founded to create a healthy environment for expression of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender art and culture, as well as producing visual or performance arts targeted to this community.
Jon and Juan’s Wedding contains adult language and subject matter and is the first production in the Broward Center 2011-12 Pride Series. The series continues with the holiday return of dragapella beauty shop quartet the Kinsey Sicks’ Oy Vey in a Manger on December 3 and theater icons Leslie Jordan and Varla Jean Merman on April 7, 2012. Performance times of Jon and Juan’s Wedding are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $59.50 and are available through the Broward Center AutioNation box office at 954-462-0222 or www.BrowardCenter.org. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.
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