Island City Stage

  • 'The First Step' Offers Raw Look at Sex Addiction

    Yes, it is possible to be addicted to sex. And, in many cases, this disease can be just as personally and professionally destructive as alcohol, drugs or even food. One young man’s struggle is the subject of Michael Leeds’ play, “The First Step – Diary of a Sex Addict,” which opened last weekend at Island City Stage.

  • ‘Radicalization of Rolfe’ at Island City Asks ‘What If?’

    Anyone who has ever seen “The Sound of Music” knows that the musical Von Trapp family escaped the Nazis by sneaking away in the night and crossing the Alps to freedom. But have you ever wondered what happened to their friends and family left behind?

  • ‘Sound of Music’ Characters Get Backstories in Island City Premiere

    You can admit it. After either reading Gregory Maguire’s book “Wicked” or seeing the big Broadway adaptation, you never watched “The Wizard of Oz” the same way. In Maguire’s telling, the mean old Wicked Witch of the West was a misunderstood victim of her circumstances.

  • “Angry Fags” Opens Island City Stage Season

    Playwright Influenced by Southern Upbringing, Oprah Winfrey

  • “Shorts Gone Wild 2” Serves a Sumptuous Buffet of LGBT Theater

    Here’s a recipe for a tasty night of theater: Take seven talented local playwrights, mix them in with a quirky cast of six actors, season with some LGBT themes and allow five award-winning directors to perfectly cook the concoction.

  • “Son” at Island City Stage is Work in Progress

    Audiences at LGBT-centric theater company Island City Stage were treated to another world premiere last weekend, James L. Beller’s “Son.” Like many new works, the powerful drama shows promise—with a little more work and a whole lot of editing.

  • Comedy Takes Audiences Back to “Lavender Scare”

    Set during the Red Scare of the 1950s, Topher Payne’s play, “Perfect Arrangement,” might sound like a sober history lesson from an era when being gay or lesbian could destroy the most successful career and shame entire families.

  • Exiled Nigerian Lecturer Appeals for Gay Dialogue

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Bisi Alimi has been assaulted and persecuted and fled into exile, all because he is gay. Now, he's speaking out about his travails to persuade British legislators to engage Nigerian policy makers about a law that makes even befriending a homosexual a crime punishable by 10 years in jail.

  • Island City Stage Announces 2018-19 Season

    Island City Stage, the LGBT-centric theater company based in Wilton Manors, recently announced its 2018-19 season at a luncheon for media and patrons at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 hotel.

  • Island City Stage Has a Hit with ‘Zanna, Don’t’

    Artistic director Andy Rogow and Island City Stage, the region’s LGBT-centric theater company, aren’t afraid to tackle tough material.

  • Island City Stage Responds to SFGN Story “No ‘Clit Tease’ For Island City Stage’”

    We did not want to escalate this into a major conflict as this seems to happen far too often in the gay community. However, we feel it is our duty to respond to the disparaging and completely false accusations made by Kim Ehly about her 10-minute play that we chose to drop from Shorts Gone Wild 2.

  • Island City Stage Tackles First Musical, Feel Good ‘Zanna Don’t’

    Audiences at Island City Stage are accustomed to seeing thought-provoking LGBTQ-themed comedies and dramas. On Jan. 11, the Wilton Manors-based theater company will present its first musical, Tim Acito’s “Zanna Don’t.”

  • Island City Stage Triumphs at Carbonells

    Island City Stage, the LGBT-focused company in residence at Fort Lauderdale’s Empire Stage, was the big winner Monday, March 31 at the Carbonell Awards for regional excellence in professional theater.

  • Island City Stage’s “Octopus” Swims in Metaphors

    I had nearly forgotten about the time, 20 years ago, when my boyfriend at the time and I engaged in our first “four-way” with another couple. But, as the drama unfolded in Steve Yockey’s play, “Octopus,” at Island City Stage last weekend, I was quickly reminded of the excitement and trepidation of that big event.

  • LGBT Shorts Get Political


    The heated presidential campaign provided timely inspiration for “Shorts Gone Wild 4,” the annual festival of LGBT-themed short plays presented each August by Miami’s City Theatre and Island City Stage in Wilton Manors.

  • Local Lesbian Playwright Furious After Theater Cuts Her Play

    Lesbian playwright Kim Ehly angrily took to social media after learning producers of “Shorts Gone Wild 2,” an LGBT-themed short play festival opening this weekend, pulled her play, “Clit Tease,” from the line-up.

  • Local LGBT Arts Organizations Launch ‘Our Night Out’

    Three local LGBT arts and cultural organizations formally launched an innovative program this week to attract new audiences.

  • OUT50 Broward: Martin Childers - The Theater Man

    Marty Childers was perfectly happy in Kentucky, where he had managed the Jenny Wiley Theatre, an award-winning regional company, for 14 years. Then he saw the announcement of an opening for an executive director with Island City Stage in Wilton Manors.

  • Playwright Reflects on Creative Process, Premiere at Island City Stage

    Playwright James L. Beller is tight-lipped about his world premiere drama, “Son,” opening this weekend at Island City Stage in Wilton Manors.

  • Playwright: A New Role for Award-Winning Director

    Stuart Meltzer is used to being in control. The Carbonell Award-winner directs eight to nine shows each year at Miami’s Zoetic Stage and the New World School of the Arts. Ultimately, he is responsible for every nuance of every production from the actors’ performances to set, lighting and sound design.