‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ An American Classic jumpstarts the New World School of the Arts College Theater Season

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NWSA ensemble cast of Streetcar Named DesireMIAMI – New World School of the Arts theater program kicks off the NWSA college theater season with Tennessee Williams epic play A Streetcar Named Desire. Directed by NWSA alum and acting professor Stuart Meltzer, the play features the NWSA college theater juniors and seniors in what will be for some of them, their last major production at NWSA. “The material is unbelievably rewarding and unbelievably demanding,” said Meltzer. “There’s a spark that happens in the rehearsal process when we’re working with almost a perfect play, and the students are hungry to know more and to ask why and want to get into the psychology of these characters. It has been a tremendous experience in that regard.”
The six-day showing begins on Friday, October 9 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 10, 16, and 17 at 7:30 PM and on Sunday, October 11 and 18, 2:00 PM.  General admission is $12, students and seniors $5. Tickets can be purchased online at http://nwsa.mdc.edu.

“The process of becoming the coveted Blanchhe DuBois has been one that has taken a big part of me,” explained Anissa Comonte, a senior in the NWSA College Music Theater program. “She is a complex, emotional, a deeply broken woman that requires so much conscious effort to play on stage. But, in that same regard, playing her has only furthered my appreciation for who she is as a character and my respect for acting as a whole.”
“Tennessee Williams is one of the great architects of the American theatre and more pointedly, A Streetcar Named Desire is arguably in the top-three most important American plays period,” explained Meltzer. “Why does this play stand out today as one of the great America plays? The answer is simple - the play is unapologetically American in its themes and style. Tennessee Williams wrotedeeply personal characters, exposing their psychological and/or emotional flaws living under dire circumstances. His style is unabashedly realistic fused with symbolism and poetry. His characters are recognized by audiences, generallycaught between two worlds of the past and present.”
 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 the University of Florida.
Information about the NWSA Theater program is available by calling 305-237-3541 or visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu.