MIAMI – New World School of the Arts theater program kicks off the NWSA college theaterseason with Rock ‘N' Roll, a play written by British playwright Tom Stoppard. With direction by NWSA Faculty member and Artistic Director of Zoetic Stage, Stuart Meltzer, the play features the NWSA college theater students. “Rock ‘N' Roll is one of the greatest political epic plays for our generation and we are thrilled as artists to have the chance to sink our teeth into the work of Mr. Stoppard and challenged as theatre people to be honest with the storytelling,” said Meltzer.
There will be an Opening Reception on Friday, October 10 to recognize Ralph Lutrin and Alfred Allan Lewis, two New World School of the Arts friends and supporters who have left their mark in South Florida through their contributions to the arts. NWSA is honored to have them both among its family of supporters and as foundingmembers of its Legacy Society.
The six-day showing begins on Friday, October 10 at 7:30 PM at the Louise O. Gerrits Theater, located inside the NWSA building at 25 NE 2 Street; 8th floor. Additional performances will take place on October 11, 17, and 18 at 7:30 PM and on Sunday, October 12 and 19, 2:00 PM. General admission is $12, students and seniors $5. Tickets can be purchased online at http://nwsa.mdc.edu
The original production of Rock ‘N' Roll debuted at the Royal Court Theater in 2006 and was transferred to the Duke of York's theater shortly after. The play premiered as a Broadway production in November 2007. Rock ‘N' Roll has been produced many times including many international venues, including a production, which premiered in Prague's historic National Theater in 2007. Set between the Prague Spring of 1968 and the Velvet Revolution of 1989, the play follows the development of the socialist movement in Eastern Bloc Czechoslovakia through the eyes of a young Czech PhD student who engages with the messages of resistance in rock n' roll music, contrasting his views with those of his unabashedly Marxist professor at Cambridge who continues to support the Soviet ideal.
"It is an incredible opportunity for us to delve into the words of Tom Stoppard. Mr. Stoppard isconsidered one of the greatest writers, thinkers and dramatical theorist living today,” said Meltzer, “his plays are known to be rather epic in scope and challenge audiences through a historical landscape and language.”
Ralph Lutrin’s career has run the gamut from being president of the Louis Sherry Company to being President of the Audrey LoveCharitable Foundation. In between, he has taught at the Trinity School and Fordham University. He also managed the Wally Findley Art Gallery and was editor of the Palm Beach Illustrated. Lutrin later served as special consultant on the problems of retirement and displacement for Citi Bank, NBC, J.P. Morgan, Irving Trust, and General Motors.
Alfred Allan Lewis began his theatrical career as an actor fresh out of college appearing with Mae West in Diamond Lil. Soon after, he wrote the NBC Peabody Award winning show, A Tribute to Eugene O'Neill. O'Neill's widow later asked him to write astaged biography of her husband, Gene, which was done as a companion piece to the posthumous premiere of his one-act play, Huey, at Bath Arts Festival and in London's West End. His play, Diplomatic Relations, was performed all over the United States and filmed for television. A Miami production starred Claudette Colbert and Brian Aherne. He has written many television scripts for CBS Playhouse, The Doctors, and Edge of Night as well as the cult Gothic serial Dark Shadows. He has collaborated on books with Sylvia Sidney and Gloria Vanderbilt. He has written eighteen books including several Book of the Month Club and Woman Today book club selections. Among his works are: Miss Elizabeth Arden, Man of the World, Three out of Four Wives, The Evidence Never Lies, and Ladies and Not-So-Gentlewomen, from which he adapted his play.
About the NWSA Theater program: Theater and music theater students at NWSA hone theircraft through acting technique, movement and speech classes, focusing on fundamentals of physical and emotional preparation. With performance at itscore, 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. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
Information about the NWSA Theater program is available by calling 305-237-3541 or visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu.