Power of Design

Micro Theater, Macro Complaints

Mar 20, 2014
Lisann Ramos


The Spanish Cultural Center in downtown Miami is turning complaints into theater.

The center hosts Micro Theater, 15-minute plays performed inside graffiti-covered shipping containers. The series goes on year round, but changes its repertoire every five weeks. 


In conjunction with the Wolfsonian-FIU's Power of Design festival, this season's theme is complaints. 

Traffic, trash, ugliness – some of our most common complaints have to do with city life.  

WLRN will give you exclusive access to a discussion among some of the world’s foremost experts on solving the problems of urban living.

Christine DiMattei

Holiday rerun: This story was originally published March 19, 2014.  

"We will run out of resources!
Miami drivers all stink!"

The young men and women are standing in a practice room in Florida International University’s School of Music, singing a whole string of gripes and lamentations.

A litany of complaints, as it were.

"People don't know to turn right on red!
They never use their turn signals either!"

Wilson Sayre

It’s a cool Saturday night and Anthony Rolle pulls his blue Infiniti into the parking lot at Joe’s Stone Crab on South Beach, where he’s headed for dinner. He gets out and drops a quarter into the meter in front of his space.

Rolle starts to look a little puzzled. The meter is painted bright yellow with hearts, flowers and cozy-looking houses. This is not a normal parking meter. It's not actually a parking meter at all.