A unique site-specific performance at the Deering Estate

Challenging the laws of the land. An ordinary wedding transforms into an extraordinary journey through time, space, and culture. Lace up your walking shoes and unleash your imagination as you follow a Bootlegger, a Bride, and an Indigenous Guide across the lush landscape of a Florida estate, and straight down to its underbelly. View the 360º video of the performace.

About the Show

The Deering Estate comes alive as actors breathe life into a space rich in history. Interactive theatre in open settings encourages the audience to become part of the story, creating a new experience. Watch as a piece of history is revived with you as part of the scene.

About the Experience

Be prepared to face the truths of Miami’s history as the experience brings authenticity to the audience. Follow along as you discover the stories of characters that make up Miami and the Deering Estate’s history.

How to View the Experience

Step 1: To view the experience, you will need to download the WondaVR app onto your phone:

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Step 2: Scan the QR code seen below. Choose Google Cardboard or GearVR and place your phone into your headset. Remember to use headphones.

Step 2: Follow this link and download the 360º video experience.

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Since the fall of 2016 a group of playwrights taking part in the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Playwright Development Program with the South Florida Theatre League have been working under the guidance of Kenny Finkel and Michael Yawney to respond the site of the Deering Estate.

Through the involvement of the University of Miami Theatre Arts Department and an international collaboration with Scott Palmer from the University of Leeds (UK), a site-specific performance has emerged that draws inspiration from the historic landscape, buildings and histories of the place and the peoples who have inhabited this site.

Cast (in order of appearance)

  • Guide: Royce Osceola
  • Bride: Kelly Murphy
  • Older Sister: Rachel Bonet
  • Younger Sister: Carlyn Rosario
  • Anthropologist: Adam Sticca
  • Bootlegger: Annie Zigman
  • The Third Sister: Rikkiya Brathwaite
  • Stateswoman: Jennifer A Burke

Creative Team

  • Playwrights: Stephanie Ansin, Hannah Benitez, Vanessa Garcia, William Hector
  • Director/ Scenographer: Scott Palmer
  • Associate Director: Alexander Palmer
  • Stage Manager: Stephanie Debrecht
  • PDP Dramaturg: Michael Yawney
  • PDP Master Playwright: Kenny Finkle

  • Production Manager: Pablo A Souki
  • ASM: Narissa Agustin
  • Studio Coordinator: Christopher Brian
  • Line Producer: Isabella Lisboa
  • University of Miami Theatre Arts Department Chair - Stephen Di Benedetto
  • For the Deering Estate, Cultural Arts Curator - Kim Yantis-Strycharski

360º Video Production Team

  • Interactive Producers: Hyan De Freitas, Rafael Baldwin
  • Production: Hyan De Freitas, Lorenzo Ponce De Leon, Rafael Baldwin, Armando Rubii III, Christopher Roy
  • Post Production: Russ Darrow, Lorenzo Ponce De Leon, Austen Eagleson
  • Web Design: Cibonay Dames
  • University of Miami Interactive Media Director - Kim Grinfeder