New Playwrights Festival showcases captivating, thought-provoking themes

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Faculty member Scott Douglas Wilson with the high school theater class

MIAMI -- Presenting a total of eight plays, the New World School of the Arts Theater Division presents the 2014 New Playwrights Festival, featuring one student-directed, one alumni-directed, and six faculty-directed productions.
“Eight young playwrights from both the high school and college will see their work produced onstage. This is truly a unique, collaborative event that celebrates the imagination and diversity of our theatre students as they foster their artistic voices,” said Scott Douglas Wilson, 2014 Festival Coordinator AT NWSA.

The original plays run April 25 at 4:30 & 7:30 PM and April 26 at 2:00 & 7:30 PM at NWSA in the Louise O. Gerrits Theatre. 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th floor, downtown Miami. Tickets are $5, available at

The eight original innovative productions offer a range of captivating themes, skewing from the sublime to the ridiculous and everything in between. Among the works to be presented are “The Wall” by Jacob Herman (Sophomore/HS – dir. David Kwiat); a comedic take on what happens when the theatrical fourth wall is broken; “For{gotten/f***sake/amoment/ever” by Lauren DeLeon (Junior/HS – dir. Pamela Roza Hayes); a glimpse into the split lives that one woman must live; “Billy-Blue Barbeque” by Omar S. Brunson Jr (Senior/HS – dir. David Kwiat); which explores the irreverent and dangerous effects of social media; and “The Second Thought Comedies” by Armando Santana (Freshman/College – dir. Scott Douglas Wilson) a skewed look at the banalities and underlying seediness of the upper-middle class and its ultimate demise.
After a fifteen-minute intermission, the program resumes with “Allure of the Seas” by Tomas Roldan (Sophomore/HS – dir. Elena Maria Garcia); an existential journey into madness for the remaining survivors of a shipwreck; “Russian Roulette” by Jacob Herman (Sophomore/HS – dir. Eddie Brown); a gripping tale of desperation and redemption; “Banging on the Keyboard” by Angelica Cabrera (Senior/HS – dir. Samantha Bryant); a dark comedy that combines the intricacies of interpersonal relationships, the supernatural, and the apocalypse; and finally, “Onward Upward” by Freddy Valle (Senior/College – dir. Annie McAdams); a humorous trip through the bizarre and dangerous world of online-gaming.

About Scott Douglas Wilson:
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Scott is an award-winning actor, writer, teacher and director. Currently based in South Florida, he has lived & worked professionally in New York City, Boston, Fort Lauderdale & Miami. In 2009 he graduated with an MFA in Acting from the Ohio State University and holds a BFA in Acting from Otterbein University. Since arriving in South Florida, Scott has worked as an actor and educator with numerous theatre companies, is a 2011 Carbonell Award nominee for Best Actor, a company member of New Theatre, Associate Producer and Director of Education for Thinking Cap Theatre Co., and currently serves on the faculty of New World School of the Arts.

About the NWSA Theater program:
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 onstage 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 it is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
For information about New World School of the Arts please call 305-237-3135.