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Create Dangerously

Create Dangerously

A World Premiere Play

MAY 4 - MAY 28, 2023

Written by Lileana Blain-Cruz based on Edwidge Danticat’s book of essays, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work.

Experience a riveting journey of courage, art, and resilience with the world premiere of “Create Dangerously,” a theatrical adaptation of Edwidge Danticat’s critically acclaimed book about what it means to be an immigrant artist. A master storyteller, Danticat’s work is a testament to the beauty of Haitian culture. Directed by the visionary Lileana Blain-Cruz, this captivating play will ignite your imagination and stir your soul as it explores the power of creativity in the face of adversity. Journeying between the mountains of Haiti, the beaches of Miami, and the skylines of New York City, this transformative story transcends borders and boundaries and celebrates the indomitable spirit of the human heart.

Don’t miss the chance to be a part of this unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime event. Secure your seat now, and dare to create dangerously.

“Lileana Blain-Cruz is a force of nature in contemporary theater”—The New York Times

“Create Dangerously is a singular achievement…A tender new book about loss and the unquenchable passion for homeland.”—The New York Times

Why Create Dangerously?

Create Dangerously is a dream come true for Miami New Drama. We have the opportunity to work side by side with Miami native, Lileana Blain-Cruz, a Tony nominated artist, hailed as the future of the American theater. From the company’s founding it was my mission to collaborate with Lileana since we were both Artistic Fellows at New York Theater Workshop. Now, we have the opportunity to do so with a spectacular artist whom we admire and adore, a Haitian Miamian and National Book Award Winner, Edwidge Danticat. Her work is piercing, unbelievable, and like open heart surgery. Create Dangerously is a celebration ALL about the immigrant artist, an experience our company knows and feels deeply. – Michel Hausmann, Artistic Director

This production contains flashing lights, mention of violence, and gunshot sound effects. Ages 14+ recommended.

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Critical Acclaim

Aaron Krause, MiamiArtZine

"(An) unapologetic, spirited celebration of Haiti and Haitian culture... a plea, and a tribute to immigrants, the importance of family, community, and those who dare to create"

Bill Hirschman, Florida Theater on Stage

“Fascinating....rousing music, dynamic dance, trenchant humor, moving drama and insightful storytelling"

Bill Hirschman, Florida Theater on Stage

“A celebratory evening in which pride radiates off the stage and into the audience."

Christine Dolen, Artburst/Miami NewTimes

"Breathtaking...Serious, smart and sincere"

Get a closer look at the talented and creative forces behind Create Dangerously.

Lileana Blain-Cruz, Director Interview

Get a glimpse into the award-winning writer/director’s vision for this adaptation.

Edwidge Danticat, Author Interview

Learn more about the her inspiration for her critically acclaimed work.

Michel Hausmann, Artistic Director

Michel shares his excitement and thoughts on having Lileanna Blain-Cruz and Edwdige Danticat collaborate for this production.

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About The Playwright & Director

Lileana Blain-Cruz

Lileana Blain Cruz is a Drama League and Obie award winning, and Tony nominee, director and playwright from New York City and Miami. She is the recipient of the Drama League’s Founders Award for Excellence in Directing, and is currently the resident director of Lincoln Center Theater. Lileana was named a Doris Duke Artist, a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist, and a United States Artists Fellow. Recent projects include: The Skin of Our Teeth (Lincoln Center, Tony nomination); Marys Seacole (LCT3, Obie Award).

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About The Author

Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat is a Haitian-born American Book Award winner and National Book Award finalist. She is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory (Oprah Book Club selection), Krik? Krak!, (National Book Award finalist), and The Farming of Bones (American Book Award winner). She is also the editor of The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States and The Beacon Best of 2000: Great Writing by Men and Women of All Colors and Cultures. She lives in Miami with her husband and daughters.

Production & Cast Photos