NWSA College Theater presents the ever-relevant play by Aphra Behn, The Rover

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The Rover actors picture.Directed by NWSA theater faculty member Jennifer Rodriguez, New World School of the Arts continues the Spring theater season with The Rover, by Aphra Behn. With 31 NWSA college acting students starring in the play, director Rodriguez highlights the importance of bringing this production to the stage at this moment in time, “In our time of political correctness, post-sexual revolution, and current “Me Too” movement, this play opens a witty conversation on how men and women differ and are alike in desires and wants. Both the men and women fully express themselves. What to us, listening to the language of the play, might sound misogynistic and feminist, to Aphra Behn is honest and natural. It is eternally revolutionary to challenge the social norms of marriage and the dynamics and rights between men and women.”  

The Rover: Opens on Thursday, April 4, 7:00 PM. Performances on April 5 & 6 are at 7:00 PM, with a Sunday, April 7 matinee at 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.

In this play Aphra Behn, the first successful female playwright of Restoration England, explores revolutionary themes involving a rambling rover who finally settles down, a courtesan who yearns for lasting love, star crossed lovers who willfully unite, and a rebellious feminist who challenges the patriarchal and misogynistic elements of her culture and time. “First performed in 1677, The Rover presents the rites of passage of sexuality, love, and marriage for its rover, courtesan, lovers and leading lady feminist. In a time where women did not choose their partners, where marriage was arranged, Behn allows her women to express their innermost thoughts, feelings, and desires,” explains Rodriguez. “Because the characters express their truth, a truth that biological science would support today, the expressions never seem obscene, only natural and honest. Behn will throw you through a maze-like plot, while allowing the unspeakable to resonate, even almost 350 years later.”

Jennifer Rodriguez is a professional vocal and acting coach. A Registered Rodenburg Teacher (RRT), Jennifer is the only RRT fluent in both English and Spanish. She currently works out of Michael Howard Studios in NYC, where she taught in the Patsy Rodenburg Master Teacher Certification program. She is also currently certifying with Louis Colaianni in his technique of Phonetic Pillows. Jennifer has trained actors across the United States, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Spain, and Italy. Jennifer provides vocal, acting, and speech training, as well as accent reduction. Her work has taken her around the country, giving workshops at universities and professional theater companies. A former Assistant Professor of Voice and Acting at Florida International University, Jennifer directed multiple shows and vocal coached all mainstage productions. Additionally, she taught: acting, voice, speech, movement, and modern dramatic literature analysis, as well as presented a workshop at VASTA in New York City. Jennifer is a SAG and Equity actress who has worked in film, television, and theater. On stage, Jennifer has worked at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, Actor's Playhouse in Miami, Florida, and with critically-acclaimed companies A Noise Within and Circus Theatricals in Los Angeles. She has worked as a Principal in several national commercials for companies such as Target and Home Depot. On film, she can be seen in Warner Bros' Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2.

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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