MIAMI— Lanford Wilson’s powerful play The Rimers Of Eldrich marks the end the mainstage productions for the New World School of the Art high school theater division. Staged by more than thirty students, the show launches its four-day run on Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 P.M. Additional performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 22, 23 and 24 at 7:30 PM; Sunday, May 25, at 2 P.M. Shows will be staged at NWSA’s Louise O’ Gerritts Theatre, 25 N.E. 2nd Street downtown Miami. General admission is $12, students and seniors $5.
The Friday, May 23rd performance will be dedicated to Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who, during a recent visit to NWSA joined the stage crew as they prepared the set for The Rimers of Eldrich. A welcome reception, to be held at the New World Gallery, will follow the Friday night performance.
One of America's best and most prolific playwrights, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson wrote The Rimers Of Eldritch early in his career. In the mid-1960s, America was in the midst of a radical transformation and the American theatre mirrored this climate of cultural change. Wilson wrote this play at the time when the world was spiraling into astounding social change. The War in Vietnam, The Civil Rights Movement, and Women’s Liberation all had greatly informed the urban landscape. The town in which this story takes place is barely touched by the great life and rage of the 1960’s. Wilson himself a resident of central Missouri, has been able to capture the distance cities have from towns.
Director James Randolph, comments “This play continues to reveal the fabric and underbelly of Middle America. From generation to generation, it poses questions that need to be asked. In addition to class, and race, America is separated into environments. Through the play we discover the kind of place Eldritch is, and why it might be that the 70 people left in the dying town create scapegoats, victims and outcasts, punishing them so that they can feel better about lives.”
Theater and music theater students at NWSA hone their craft through acting technique, movement and speech classes, focusing on fundamentals of physical and emotional preparation. With performance at its core, training is based on the classical texts and the principles of drama as well as practical incursions into the contemporary and experimental edges of theater. Consequently, alumni are found performing on stage nationally and internationally and their talent and vision are recognized and highly regarded in the industry.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, and is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. Through its partnership with the University of Florida NWSA is able to grant Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees.
For more information about the theater program at NWSA, please call (305) 237-3541 or www.mdc.edu/nwsa.
NWSA high school senior Jesse Bookman in the role of Skelly Manor.