South Florida actor and cabaret artist Eytan Deray has added playwright to his resume.

Deray’s play, “Educating Asher,” will receive its world premiere July 29 – Aug. 14 at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale.   

“I started writing ‘Educating Asher’ five years ago as personal therapy after finding out about a beloved teacher’s passing,” Deray explained. “Now it’s a fully realized portrait of grief, friendships between generational gaps, and the importance of teachers/mentors in our life. This play is for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, and my hope is that audiences will leave the theatre not just moved, but ready to start a much-needed conversation.” 

Hiding in the kitchen at a reception following the funeral of his gay former middle school teacher, Asher is not quite sure how to process his grief. His boyfriend unsuccessfully encourages him to talk to the teacher’s widower. Soon enough, Asher is forced to confront his grief when the teacher’s ghost appears in the kitchen with him. Only then does Asher say everything he ever wanted to the teacher that changed his life.  

The cast includes Murphy Hayes, Michael Harper and Noah Levine, with Deray playing Asher. Seth Trucks directs. 

Eytan Deray’s “Educating Asher” will be performed Friday – Sunday, July 29 – Aug. 14 at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $25 at EmpireStage.com. 

Dog Days of Summer at the LOOP

Las Olas Oceanside Park (LOOP) on Fort Lauderdale Beach is welcoming movie fans and their furry friends to special Movies by Moonlight “Dog Days of Summer” film screenings on fourth Fridays in July, August and September. The evenings are hosted by the mom and pup duo Ana and Teddy, creators of the award-winning Instagram @TourwithTeddy and blog "Living A Fairytail."

Bring lawn chairs, a picnic and doggie treats for screenings of “Dog Days” (PG) on July 22, “Best in Show” on Aug. 26 and “The Secret Life of Pets” on Sept. 23. Films start at 8 p.m.

Special activities will include a people and pets marketplace, contests, giveaways and more. On July 22, a pet fashion contest sponsored by Petit Pups Pawtique is planned. On Aug. 26, a back-to-school fashion show will be presented by Salon Bark and The Pretty Nomad, along with a “Dög Pawrignon” champagne bar for dogs, sponsored by The W Fort Lauderdale.

Each month, pups will chow down on complimentary doggie dinners sponsored by Yum Pup. Pet hydration stations from PetWell Clinic Fort Lauderdale and Pembroke Pines, and SupPup selfie stations sponsored by Blue Moon Adventures add to the four-legged fun.

For more information about “Dog Days of Summer” events at the Loop, go to TheLoopFLB.com/events/Dog-Days-of-Summer.