NWSA Theater season wraps-up with Hamletmachine

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Hamletmachine play press release photo.Directed by NWSA theater faculty member Stuart Meltzer, Artistic Director of Zoetic Stage, New World School of the Arts wraps-up the theater season with Hamletmachine, by Heiner Muller, a German dramatist, poet and theatre director whose writings became recognized throughout Europe despite him being a resident in Soviet controlled East Germany after WWII and throughout the rest of the 20th Century. “As the director for our production, what speaks to me most clearly from the text is the historic oppressive and opportunistic nature of Russia and Soviet Russia. I also fell in love with Muller’s examination of man’s relationship with death throughout war, genocides, suicides and capital punishment,” explained Meltzer.

Hamletmachine opens on Thursday, May 9, 7:00 PM. Performances on May 10 and 11 at 7:00 PM, with a Sunday, May 12 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.

“His works were political in nature and highly cerebral and symbolic. Written in 1977, Hamletmachine is cited as being a postmodern play loosely based on William Shakespeare’s pinnacle play Hamlet. The backdrop of our death fixation in Hamletmachine is the number of deaths that occur in the play Hamlet and his obsessive drive for truth and justice,” noted Meltzer.
About Stuart Meltzer: A BFA graduate from the college theater division of New World School of the Arts, Stuart Meltzer has worked as a full-time faculty member for the past six years in the NWSA theater division, teaching acting directing and scene study. At New World School of the Arts he has directed productions including Street Scene, The Glass Menagerie, DurangDurang, The Laramie Project, Angels in America, Wonderful Town, The Threepenny Opera, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Marat/Sade, Peer Gynt, & Metamorphoses among others. With 13 Carbonell nominations (including 2 nominations for Meltzer as Best Director of a Play), 2 Mimi and Harold Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award nominations, 2 Miami New Times "Best Of" Awards, Zoetic Stage is quickly becoming one of the regions most celebrated and respected theatre companies. In 2012, Meltzer received the Silver Palm Award for "Continua Outstanding Work with Zoetic Stage." As Artistic Director, Meltzer has world premiered 3 plays, South Beach Babylon and Moscow both by Michael McKeever and Captiva by Christopher Demos Brown as well as the first regional production of All New People by Zach Braff, the Pulitzer Prize winning play I Am My Own Wife, The Savannah Disputation & The Santaland Diaries. Prior to his position as Artistic Director or Zoetic Stage, Meltzer served as Artistic Director for City Theatre and the Summer Shorts Festival. In his 2-year tenure, Meltzer developed and implemented new plays and new programming in the 10-minute play format and produced more than 75 plays and musicalettes. Meltzer holds an MFA from Actors' Studio in New York.
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.
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