Carmen Pelaez's new romantic political comedy, The Cuban Vote, is partly personal and partly an investigation into the insane world of Miami politics.
The Cuban Vote, by Carmen Pelaez
The Cuban Vote, by Carmen Pelaez, premieres at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach.

Calling all voters, non-voters and those of you who just get a good laugh at politics… There’s a new play coming to town; The Cuban Vote, written by playwright, actor, director, activist and just all around talented – and funny-as-shit – human being, Carmen Pelaez (Rum and Coke, Miami New Drama’s 7 Deadly SinsFake).

The romantic political comedy, inspired by Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, is set amongst a Miami mayoral campaign and the shenanigans that make up politics in the city. The play draws you into two candidates’ (Carolina and Alex) quest for the mayorship that can only happen in Miami. It’s part personal to Pelaez and part an investigation into the insanity that are the South Florida city’s politics, “I’ve worked on several campaigns, at all levels here and the things that I’ve seen on the campaign trail are bonkers.”

“I wanted to wrap it all into a love story because all politics, ultimately is personal.”

Without being dogmatic or soap-boxy, Pelaez has written The Cuban Vote in the way that she relates to politics and what’s going on. It’s a medium that can hopefully disarm people, so that they can be reminded that the politicians work for them and that ultimately we’re all on the same side(ish).

The Colony Theater is located at 1040 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.

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“Too many people are taking a very cynical approach to our community. Because our community is so traumatized, there is a knee-jerk response,” the playwright tells Startup Cuba. “My hope is to put a pause on the knee jerk response and kinda say, listen, ‘what do you really want?'”

The Cuban Vote plays at the Colony Theater on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.

Produced by Miami New Drama, The Cuban Vote – which is both written by and staring Pelaez – will be playing at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach, at 1040 Lincoln Road. Previews start on April 22nd, with the curtain officially lifting on April 30th.

Based on Pelaez’s previous work, not only should you expect this to be highly comedic and enjoyable to watch, but The Cuban Vote is also likely to sell out. Get tickets early.

Visit Miami New Drama for ticket information.

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Ken Deckinger is the co-founder and CEO of Startup Cuba and the executive producer and host of its namesake docuseries. A native of South Florida, Ken has been an entrepreneur for his entire professional career. Previously he was co-founder and CEO of HurryDate, pioneering the global concept of speed dating to 45 cities throughout the US, UK and Canada. HurryDate eventually evolved into online dating and was acquired by Spark Networks, the parent company of ChristianMingle.com and JDate.com. Ken is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Florida, where he was honored with the University’s Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Under 40 award and sits on the Board for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He actively advises entrepreneurs and is a two-time protagonist of a Harvard Business School case study. Ken’s filmmaking and journalistic journey is inspired by a love of travel and authentic connections with other cultures. He believes that the more we know about each other, through stories, the closer we can become — thus the mission of Startup Cuba: to amplify the voices of the people sharing stories in the Latinx space. After living in New York City for 15 years, he encouraged his wife to move their family to Miami to get back to his South Florida roots. Needless to say, it was a short discussion and he and his family now call Boston, where his wife grew up, their home.

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