s The Basement Project

The Basement Project

Follow the stairs to a creative realm below where actors and audiences weave a theater of invention and surprise. A fantastic mirror of the world above, The Basement Project challenges perceptions, reimagines the ordinary and investigates reality. It is everyone's act on mankind's subterranean and bewitching stage.

We produce scripts, classical and contemporary, that are accessible and relevant for young and old, for regular theatre-goers and those who have never before set foot in a theatre. Our productions entertain even when the story is tragic. We create a place for people to experience an elixir of emotions, a magical space where fantasy and reality collide, provoke thought and raise questions.

Recent Productions

BOOM, by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb.
A grad student's personal ad lures a mysterious girl to his subterranean research lab under the pretense of an evening of "no strings attached" sex. But when a global catastrophe strikes, their date takes on evolutionary significance. An epic and intimate comedy that spans over billions of years.

“The Best New Play OF 2016” - Miami New Times
Boom on Deco Drive - See video
Boom at MOCA - Miami New Times
Provocative ‘Boom’ debuts at MOCA - Miami Herald
Afrobeta goes 'Boom' - South Florida
Basement Project - Miami New Times
Photo Gallery (18 pics) - The Basement Project on Facebook


Upcoming Production

Coming soon, very soon... Stay tuned!

Our people

The Basement Keeper

With over 40 shows under his belt, Oleg Kheyfets has attracted audiences on different continents. In Russia his shows ran for up to 9 years and received numerous awards for best directing and acting. In The US his Boston and New York productions, The Forest by A. Ostrovsky and Marriage by N. Gogol were invited to the festivals in Switzerland and Russia. In 2001 Oleg Kheyfets collaborated with the legendary Arthur Miller on the Off- Broadway revival of Miller's The Creation of The World and Other Business. In 2004 Kheyfets moved to Miami where he co-­founded The PlayGround Theatre, today's Miami Theatre Center, and ran it as a co-­artistic director until 2007. Kheyfets has taught Theatre at Columbia University, Stella Adler Conservatory and Emerson College among others. Today Oleg Kheyfets is focusing on his new creation – The Basement Project.

The Memory Keeper

Dr. Adrienne von Lates received her Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University. Dr. von Lates has been a faculty member at Columbia University, the University of California, San Diego , the University of Miami and MDC. As the curator of education at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami from 2001 to 2009, she expanded the museum’s community programming and administered major grants from the NEA and the federal Department of Education. She WAS Director of Education at the bass Museum of Art from 2010tp 2-14 where she is implementing the IDEA@thebass program for elementary schools in Miami Beach, thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation. From 2014 to2016 she was associated with the museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami as a consultant and subsequently became the Assistant Director for Education. Dr. von Lates has written articles on a variety of topics in the fields of Baroque and contemporary art.

The House Keeper

Alexander Solodukho designed over 50 productions in Leningrad/St.Petersburg, Moscow, and other Russian cities.
For the past 26 years he has worked in U.S., designing plays and musicals for Hudson Productions, The Oakland Center for the Arts (Ohio), Ballet at City Center, and several Off-Broadway theaters including Irish Rep, Ubu Rep, Libra Ensemble, The Jewish Rep, and Urban Stages. He designed sets for musicals including Annie, West Side Story, Dreamgirls, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wiz, and plays such us Tartufe, The Disputation, Marat/Sade, The Au Pair Man, Hamlet, and Royal Family. The Basement Project's Boom is the third collaboration of Solodukho and Kheyfets. Nominated by Paper Mill Playhouse for Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design 1998-2002. Winner of the Paper Mill Playhouse Best Musical Award, Once on this Island, 1999.

The Light Keeper

Since moving to Miami, Ron Burns has concentrated on lighting design for a variety of companies including Palm Beach DramaWorks, The Arsht Center, Barry University, the M Ensemble, City Theatre, and the Miami Summer Music Festival, all THE while maintaining his position as Technical Director for Miami Theater Center. His lighting design credits include The Fourth Wall, Souvenir, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Gin Game, Three Tall Women, A Doll’s House, Candida, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Pittman Painters, Proof, Talley’s Folly, Dividing the Estate, and My Old Lady. Ron has also designed lighting at the Arsht Center for the Miami Made Festival, The M Ensemble production of Crowns, and Summer Shorts for City Theatre among others. Ron worked both as a Technical Director and a Lighting Designer on The Basement Project' Boom.


Corporate Sponsorship Opportunity

We offer sponsorship opportunities to increase brand awareness and visibility, provide opportunities for client entertainment and engagement, and offer exciting benefits for employees. Whether entertaining your clients as guests, having Afrobeta at your corporate annual event, enjoying time with colleagues through cutting-edge theater, or offering your clients and staff free tennis lessons at Arraya Tennis Academy in Key Biscayne or a discount at the downtown restaurant Soya & Pomodoro, The Basement Project will work with you to create a mutually beneficial partnership that fits your company’s philanthropic goals and entertainment needs.

Please, contact us at info@thebasementptoject.org to learn more.

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We are not holding audition at the moment. However we invite you to submit your headshot and resume at info@thebasementptoject.org. We will keep it on file for future consideration.

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