NWSA kicks off the Theater season by honoring playwright, actor and guest artist Michael McKeever followed by an evening of “The Orphan”

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orphan prNew World School of the Arts continues to celebrate it’s 30th Anniversary as it launches the 2017-2018 Theater season of events with a special Recognition Award & Reception honoring playwright, actor and NWSA guest artist Michael McKeever. The award-winning playwright has written twenty-seven full-length plays that have been produced at theaters across the United States, Canada and Europe. McKeever’s play Daniel’s Husband just finished an extremely successful Off-Broadway run for Primary Stages at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre, and was nominated for an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Work. “The theater division has been so fortunate to have Michael McKeever work directly with our students in the classroom and with our alumni onstage in professional theaters during the past few years,” said Patrice Bailey, Dean of Theater at NWSA. “His work is generated and developed in South Florida for South Florida actors and as a result has had a major impact in contributing to Miami as being one of the nation’s hubs for play development. His writing has brought the various communities in South Florida together and has been produced in almost all of the theaters in South Florida.”

Immediately following the award presentation and festivities, the NWSA Theater division will open its annual performances with the comical yet poignant play by Tony award winning playwright David W. Rabe, The Orphan. Rabe won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1972 (Sticks and Bones) and is the screenwriter of films such as The Firm and Casualties of War.
 
THEATER OPENING NIGHT
Theater Recognition Award & Reception is on Saturday, October 14, 6:00 PM. New World School of the Arts. 25 NE 2nd Street (Garden adjacent to NWSA), Miami. Free and open to the public. For more information please call 305-237-3541.
 
Opening performance – The Orphan: Saturday, October 14, 7:30 PM. Additional presentations: October 20 and 21; 7:30 PM and Sunday, October 15 and 22; 2:00 PM. Louise O. Gerrits Theater. 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th floor, Miami. General admission is $12; Students and seniors $5. Tickets available at http://nwsa.mdc.edu/ For more information please call 305-237-3541.
 
Directed by Stuart Meltzer, NWSA college alumni, theater faculty member and Artistic Director of Zoetic Stage, the play will be presented by the New World School of the Arts college theater students. The Vietnam War has just ended and society is living with those psychological consequences. With the backdrop of American fixation with bloodshed, political and military treatment in Vietnam and the breaking apart of the family structure, Rabe's play is a contemporary inspiration of the Greek masterwork Oresteia by Aeschylus and uncovers a world of violence, heartbreak and the destruction of American Dream.
 
About Michael McKeever: McKeever has written twenty-seven full-length plays that have been produced at theaters across the United States, Canada and Europe. McKeever’s play Daniel’s Husband just finished an extremely successful Off-Broadway run for Primary Stages at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre, and was nominated for an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Work. Other theaters that have produced his work include Penguin Rep, Marin Theatre Company, New Conservatory Theater Center, Phoenix Theatre, Island City Stage, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Komödie Dresden (Dresden, Germany), Och-Teatr (Warsaw, Poland) and Theater in der Josefstadt, Kammerspiele (Vienna, Austria).  Upcoming productions include the world premiere of Mr. Parker at Island City Stage in Fort Lauderdale next spring. McKeever’s work has been nominated four times for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics New Play Award. He has won numerous Carbonell and Silver Palm Awards, and has received three Florida Individual Artist Fellowships. He is also an award-winning actor and designer. McKeever is the Florida East Coast Representative for the Dramatists Guild of America, a member of Actors’ Equity and a co-founder of Zoetic Stage in Miami.  
 
About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees, as well as the high school diploma. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts. 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.
 
About NWSA’s Theater program: The New World School of the Arts theater program is dedicated to the professional training of talented and committed students interested in pursuing a performing career in theater and music theater, offering students an opportunity to work in a hands-on intensive, physically demanding, artistically challenging and exciting environment. Guided by faculty who are professional actors, directors, playwrights and designers, the curriculum is a progressive journey toward the ownership of a personal technique and a comprehensive methodology of working. The faculty guides the student through the discovery and exploration of self, the learning of diverse techniques used in our craft, intensive rehearsal process, and finally the application of this knowledge into dramatic forms and styles in productions. The NWSA College BFA program culminates each year with showcases in Miami and in New York City. Information about the NWSA Theater program is available by calling 305-237-3260, by visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu/ or by calling the main office at 305-235-3135.
 
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