April 4th – May
“AMPARO,” an immersive theatrical experience, makes its official South Florida premiere in the Spring of 2019 after two highly well-received theatrical pilots in New York and Miami. A journey through the halls of history, with multiple tracks and choose-your-own-journey moments, “AMPARO” allows guests to bear witness to the struggles and triumphs of the Arechabala family, founders of THE REAL HAVANA CLUB rum. Theatergoers are transported from present-day Miami to 1957-Cuba, where they follow cast members through the Cuban Revolution, becoming a part of the story and pay tribute to the original family rum recipe with a captivating series of HAVANA CLUB cocktails. Audiences can expect for all five senses to be fully immersed in this beautifully gut-wrenching theatrical performance based on a true story.
In town for a limited two-month run, the first preview of “AMPARO” is scheduled for April 4th in a private historic villa in Downtown Miami, located at 221 NE 17th Street, Miami, FL 33132. Pre-sale ticket prices begin at $79 for this two-hour experience and include a series of imaginatively crafted rum cocktails by Miami’s finest bartenders. Tickets go on sale March 1. For showtimes and to purchase tickets, please visit www.theamparoexperience.com.
“As the home to so many in the Cuban Diaspora, Miami is a uniquely perfect community for the debut of ‘AMPARO,’ and these innovative and immersive one-of-a-kind experiences are a welcome addition to the cultural arts landscape. As even more artistic companies establish themselves here, Greater Miami continues to shine as an emerging arts and entertainment hub and their success here is a testament to the maturity of Miami’s art and culture scene,” commented William D. Talbert, III, CDME, GMCVB President & CEO.
“AMPARO,” the brainchild of playwright, Vanessa Garcia, is brought to life in this guided theater experience led by director, Victoria Collado, together with Tony and Emmy-winning executive producers, The Broadway Factor (“American Son”, “Kinky Boots”). Recently profiled by the Immigrant Archive Project, Garcia and Collado share how they became “obsessed” with the story of Ramon and Amparo Arechabala and THE REAL HAVANA CLUB rum. Their powerful interview can be seen on the Immigrant Archive Project website.
“It was extremely important for us to take this story and amplify its truth,” said Garcia, who along with Collado founded the Abre Camino Collective. “A legacy that will not relent, ‘AMPARO’ is a story of the Arechabala family, their love, and the complicated, unbreakable bond with an island that was once home. It is a story about thriving in the face of extreme adversity. This is the true story of THE REAL HAVANA CLUB rum.”
“The ‘AMPARO’ experience tells a story that is so familiar to many of our Miami residents,” said Alyce Robertson, Executive Director of the Miami Downtown Development Authority. “Miami has always been an international melting pot, and today our urban core is a hub for arts and entertainment. Downtown Miami is home to the highest concentration of cultural institutions in the Southeast U.S., making the premiere of ‘AMPARO’ a welcomed addition to our arts scene.”