The provocative "O Beautiful" closes the theater season at NWSA

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Two actors and Jesus in "O'Beautiful" the play.New World School of the Arts high school theater program concludes the academic year with O Beautiful, written by Theresa Rebeck on commission for the professional actors at the University of Delaware. Stuart Meltzer, NWSA alumnus, theater faculty, Artistic Director of Zoetic Stage, and Director of the play explains, “O Beautiful is a dark and tragic comedy dealing with contemporary American life mashed up with visits from our founding fathers at a turning point in America. With the cries of gun regulation from certain corners of our society and many pleas falling on deaf ears our country has a problem and O Beautiful examines freedom and the rights of every American and what happens when those freedoms are abused.” 

O Beautiful runs May 12, 7:00 PM, May 13 & 14; 7:30 PM and May 15; 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

Written in 2011, O Beautiful is a poignant production that addresses uncomfortable topics and explores how these coexist in a universe where religion and politics are king. Date rape, suicide, bullying, and abortion quickly surface but the desperate quest for answers from the young protagonists makes the 110-minute play linger way after the curtains have closed. What would Jesus do? What would Benjamin Franklin do? Are these merciful souls who value the life of each individual, in spite of his or her decisions, or are they rather intransigent men who simply pass judgment? Inevitably, politics and religion have shared the high throne in every society, since ancient times till the end of time. In this play, Rebeck illustrates the synergies and the conflicts that arise when these are used to validate or contradict….well, life.

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 theUniversity of Florida.