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Culture Shock Miami Presents, “The Real James Bond… Was Dominican”

Dominican diplomat Porfírio Rubirosa, the “real James Bond” and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor passing through Miami en route to the West Coast to play opposite each other in a film (circa 1960).

Culture Shock Miami will present The real James Bond… was Dominican, Friday and Saturday, February 25 and 26 at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium. This transformative play explores how a young up-and-coming actor discovered that a Dominican man, Porfirio Rubirosa (or “Rubi”) was Ian Fleming’s inspiration for James Bond. Each performance begins at 8 p.m. 2901 West Flagler St., Miami, FL 33135.

The real James Bond… was Dominican is billed as a “young man’s guide to love, sex, color, code-switching, whitewashing, success, fake-till-you-make-it, and the rollercoaster to find her true self” and includes immersive image projections and a live percussion score.

The star and creator of the play, Christopher Rivas, is an award-winning storyteller, two-time Moth winner, Ariane de Rothschild Social Impact Fellow, actor (call me kat), essayist and social commentator (New York Times, Zocalo, Boston Globe, SwipeLife, Level), filmmaker, podcast host and Ph.D. candidate in expressive arts for global health. The show was developed with and directed by Daniel Banks.

“We are thrilled to bring this performance to the Miami-Dade County Auditorium,” said Christina Tassy-Beauvoir, Cultural Projects Administrator and Program Manager for Culture Shock Miami. “Very often, the characters portrayed on the big screen or in the media alienate certain people or populations. We hope this story inspires our young audience, just like the creator of the piece, to embrace and honor their true selves, and make them realize that greatness can come from any background.

The James Bond series, which celebrates a fictional British secret service agent, was conceived in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming. The character – also known by his code name, “007” – has been featured in all 12 novels and two collections of short stories by Fleming, as well as adaptations for television, radio, graphic novels, video games and the movie theater. The films are one of the longest-running series and have grossed over $7.04 billion in total – the fifth highest-grossing film series to date.

Due to the strong language and mature themes, this show is recommended for ages 18 and up. Teens and young adults up to 22 can purchase tickets for $5 with Culture Shock Miami. With the purchase of a $5 ticket for someone in the program’s age range, a second $5 ticket can be purchased for anyone of any age to join.

Visit for ticket offers and program details. Culture Shock Miami $5 tickets for teens and young adults (ages 13-22) are only available through the program’s website.

General admission tickets are available for The real James Bond… was Dominican. To purchase regular-priced tickets, call the Miami-Dade County Auditorium at 305-547-5414 or visit This performance will be presented with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, open captions, and audio description in partnership with the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ “All Kids Included” initiative. Tickets are also available in person at the box office, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Before attending, please review the updated health and safety measures for indoor performances at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium. Bag checks may take place at the lobby doors prior to entry.

About Culture Shock Miami

Culture Shock Miami, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ audience development program, is designed to introduce the next generation of audiences to live arts and cultural experiences at an age when they are beginning to make their own decisions. in entertainment.

Culture Shock Miami is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Council of Cultural Affairs, Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Accessibility and accommodation

This performance will be presented with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, open captions, and audio description in partnership with the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ All Children Inclusive initiative. The facility is accessible and assistive listening devices are available. To request materials in an accessible format and/or any disability accommodations to attend an event at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, please contact Javier Siut at [email protected] or call (305) 547-5414 at least five days

About Miami-Dade County Auditorium

Since the theater opened in 1951, the Miami-Dade County Auditorium has served as a center for showcasing Miami-Dade County’s diverse cultural life and, more recently, as a hub for celebrating the community. hispanic artist.

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