Elmer Rice’s “Street Scene” kicks off the NWSA Theater Season

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Picture of actors in StreeScene.Picture of two actors in StreeScene.

Launching the theater season at NWSA, the college students, directed by NWSA faculty member and Artistic Director of Zoetic Stage, Stuart Meltzer, will present the still Pulitzer-prize winning play, Street Scene. Written by playwright Elmer Rice, the play explores the complex daily lives of a group of people living in a New York City brownstone who must contend with work-life balance, infidelity and domestic abuse. 

The Friday, October 12 performance of Street Scene will be preceded by the Opening Night 2018-2019 Theater Recognition Award & Reception in honor of the NWSA Friends of Theater donors. Reception begins at 6:00 PM at the Garden adjacent to New World School of the Arts followed by the 7:30 PM opening performance of Street Scene.
Elmer Rice was in school to become a lawyer when he fell in love with plays. He liked reading plays rather than legal books because, as he said it, plays can be finished within the span of a two-hour lecture. Mr. Rice's early plays were inspired from his time in the courtroom as well as from world events such as WW1 and the many varied cultures and communities living in New York City in the 1920's and 1930's. With a love of Chekhov, Gorky and a desire to tell stories that were naturalistic, impactful and artistically challenging to an audience, Elmer Rice wrote Street Scene.

Opening performance – Street Scene: Friday, October 12, 7:30 PM. Additional presentations: October 13, 19, and 20; 7:30 PM and Sunday, October 14 and 21; 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.

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 showcase   s 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.

Photo by Stuart Meltzer, courtesy of NWSA. College theater students Gabe Salgado, Rachel O’Hara, Harley DeClogliano.

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