In 2017, Anita Miller took to the stage as Ofelia in Tallahassee Hispanic Theater’s production of “Anna in the Tropics.” As Miller portrayed the matriarch of the Nilo Cruz play, she couldn’t help but reflect on her own mother who had passed away suddenly just one year prior to the production.
“My role was an homage and tribute to my mother, grandmother and aunt and an expression of my admiration for those women who had such a profound effect on my life,” says Miller. “I tried to connect with their love, selflessness, fierce loyalty to their families, sense of fun and love of dance, music and parties. Through this play, I was able to let go and give voice to what I had observed as a child.”
Miller helped to co-found the Tallahassee Hispanic Theater in 2016 with artistic director and president Alejandra Gutiérrez. The group recently presented their Third Micro Theater Festival in March which is available for viewing online through the end of April. The idea of “micro” festivals originated in Madrid, Spain, and Miller says it was Gutiérrez’s brainchild to bring the concept to Tallahassee.
Typically performed in a small venue for an intimate, traveling audience, the festival was held at the Goodwood Museum and Gardens for two years before being presented in an online format given COVID-19 distancing restrictions. This year the festival features recordings of three short Hispanic plays: “Mosquita muerta (The Dead Mosquito),” “The Russian Plan” and “The Union of Maite and Jose, Inc.”
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