The Skin of our Teeth takes center stage at NWSA

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Ensemble cast of NWSA's performance of Skin of our TeethNew World School of the Arts high school theater program concludes the academic year with Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of our Teeth.” Directed by Stuart Meltzer, NWSA alumnus, theater faculty and Artistic Director of Zoetic Stage, the play takes the young high school acting students of NWSA through a compressed journey from the beginning of time that addresses universal questions and issues with universal answers. “Outside the style and its wild and whimsical theatricality, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores themes that are frighteningly omnipresent today - and that in itself is one of the essential and crucial themes of the play,” explained Stuart Meltzer.
The Skin of our Teeth runs May 13, 14, 15, 16; 7:30 PM through Sunday, May 17; 2:00 PM. Louise O. Gerrits Theater. 25 NE 2 Street, 8th floor, downtown Miami. General admission is $12, students and seniors $5. Tickets can be purchased online at
The main theme explored in The Skin of Our Teeth is mankind’s knack for repeating history and never quite learning. But, the other component ofthis theme is mankind’s talent to start over. Wilder wrote The Skin of Our Teeth in 1942 and it premiered on Broadway 13 months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It is not hard to see that The Skin of Our Teeth is a comment and reaction to war and the absurdities that wartime brings. What is important to understand is World War II spawned a wave of playwrights conveying a new style of theatre; Theatre of the Absurd.  Global war and the holocaust and put into perspective the essential precariousness of human life.
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. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and theUniversity of Florida.
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