ZOETIC STAGE AND THE ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER
FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
Award-winning South Florida playwright Michael McKeever’s world premiere comedy about the changing tides in 1962 Miami
March 29 – Preview
March 30 – Opening Night
through April 15, 2012
Tickets $40 – $45
As part of the Arsht Center’s Theater Up Close Season
in Carnival Studio Theater
in the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House
MIAMI, FL, March 6, 2012 – Zoetic Stage and The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County proudly present MOSCOW, a world premiere comedy by award-winning playwright and Zoetic Stage co-founder Michael McKeever, March 29 – April 15, staged in the intimate Carnival Studio Theatre (Ziff Ballet Opera House). Set in Miami circa 1962, this witty piece features the members of a once prominent South Florida family who find their world challenged by the life-altering events of the era. The Kennedy assassination, the Cold War and the sudden influx of Cuban immigration into Miami set the stage for an all-out showdown as past and present, east and west all collide in this comic look at how we got to where we are today.
MOSCOW is the fourth installment of the Arsht Center’s 2011-12 Theater Up Close series which features artistic collaborations from stellar local theater ensembles and nationally acclaimed theater companies. Directed by Zoetic Stage’s co-founder Michael McKeever, MOSCOW reveals the human condition in the face of forced change through comedy.
“We are honored to premiere and co-present Michael McKeever’s Moscow, the final Zoetic Stage production of the season,” said M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “We’re certain the play’s clever storyline and amusing approach to significant historical events will delight South Florida audiences.”
Zoetic Stage Artistic Director Stuart Meltzer said “It has been an amazing season working with the Adrienne Arsht Center. It seems fitting that we are closing our season with a world premiere Michael McKeever play, considering that is where Zoetic Stage began over a year ago, with a different world premiere play from McKeever, South Beach Babylon. The Arsht Center appreciates new work and encourages us to take risks with them. I feel as if I am at home.”
Zoetic Stage is comprised of South Florida’s most celebrated playwrights, directors, and actors. In partnership with the Arsht Center, the company co-presents three exciting productions in the 2011-2012 season, featuring stellar casts, including Broadway actors and Carbonell Award winners.
Southern Florida’s foremost playwright and Zoetic Stage co-founder, Michael McKeever, is the recipient of three Carbonell Awards, four Curtain Up Awards and two Florida Individual Fellowship Scholarships. He returns to the Arsht Center’s intimate Carnival Studio Theater after starring in David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries in December 2011. His work which has been produced Off-Broadway, as well as throughout America, Canada and Europe– includes Melt, Charlie Cox Runs with Scissors, 37 Postcards, Suite Surrender, and South Beach Babylon, which was produced as Zoetic Stage’s inaugural production at the Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater. McKeever is the recipient of the 2011 Silver Palm Award for Outstanding New Works for his plays Stuff and South Beach Babylon. As an actor, he has performed on several stages throughout South Florida. This past summer, he played one of the infamous Collyer Brothers in the world premiere production of his play Stuff at The Caldwell Theatre Company in Boca Raton. Last season, he was named Best Supporting Actor by the Broward-Palm Beach New Times for his performance in Distracted, also at The Caldwell. McKeever creates stories that entertain and enlighten through humor and wit and is undoubtedly South Florida’s most prolific and versatile talent.
Stuart Meltzer (Director, Sound Design) is the Artistic Director and a founding member of Zoetic Stage. He returns to the Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater after directing The Santaland Diaries in December 2011, and the world premiere of Captiva, for which Meltzer received a Carbonell Award nomination for Best Director of a Play. Last year, he directed Zoetic Stage’s critically acclaimed inaugural production of South Beach Babylon. Previously, Meltzer served as Artistic Director of City Theatre in Miami for two years, where he oversaw and expanded the Summer Shorts Festival. His New York credits include Romulus Linney’s Gint, Harold Pinter’s One for the Road, Aristaphanes’ Lysistrata, and Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, as well as Morzek’s Striptease. Upon returning to his native South Florida, he was Head of Theatre at Gulliver Preparatory and then served on the faculty of New World School of the Arts for two years. Meltzer earned his M.F.A. in Directing from the Actors Studio and his B.F.A. from New World School of the Arts in Miami.
MOSCOW features an outstanding cast of seasoned, award winning South Florida actors whose credits range from local Miami theatre and off-Broadway shows to Broadway stages, national television and film:
Irene Adjan (Lorelei Montefiore Porter) is a long time member of the South Florida regional theatre community and an 11-time Carbonell award nominee who has won three times for Funny Girl, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Blood Brothers. She has worked at most of the professional theatres in South Florida and will be back at the Arsht Center in City Theatre’s Summer Shorts 2012. Lela Elam (Olivia) is a four-time Carbonell nominee and has won the award for Best Actress for GableStage’s production of In The Continuum. Elam joins a cast of longtime friends for her Zoetic Stage debut. Writer, actress and two-time Carbonell award winner, Elena Maria Garcia (Inez), is the Director of Education for Bluedog School of Acting for Kids and a proud company member of Miami’s Zoetic Stage. She was last seen in Zoetic’s South Beach Babylon and the Arsht Center’s The House of Bernarda Alba. Garcia currently teaches improvisation at New World School of the Arts, Miami. Margery Lowe (Lucy Montefiore) is a Zoetic Stage company member, a multiple Carbonell Award-nominee and was namedMiami New Times Best Actress in 2010. She received a Tyrone Guthire Award for her work as a member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and has performed at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the MUNY, Canadian Stage, the Fox Atlanta, Theatre Off Park, Sanford Meisner Theatre, along with many others. Luis Restrepo (Hector), currently a BFA Music Theatre senior at New World School of the Arts, is making his professional debut with Zoetic Stage. Restrepo recently appeared at GableStage in his original one-man show The Magical Journey of Abraham and the Moon. Tom Wahl (Clayton Porter) is an original member of Zoetic Stage and a member of Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild. Wahl is a recipient of the South Florida Theatre Critics Carbonell award and Curtain Up award. He has graced the stage of the Kennedy Center, The Caldwell Theatre, Florida Stage, Actor’s Playhouse, City Theatre, Red Barn Theatre, and the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, among others. TV credits include New in Town with Renee Zellweger, Plato’s Run with Roy Scheider, Ace Ventura with Jim Carrey, “Pointman” with Jack Scalia and recurring guest star on ABC’s “Moon Over Miami.”
Set designs by two-time Carbonell Award winner Sean McClelland; lighting design by Carnival Studio Theatre’s resident Head Electrician, Luke Klingberg; costumes by award winning designer Alberto Arroyo; properties by Jodi Dellaventura; production stage manager Lisa Lamont; production manager Lynne Schaefer; and sound design by Stuart Meltzer.
Zoetic Stage and Adrienne Arsht Center present
World Premiere of MOSCOW by Michael McKeever
Directed by Stuart Meltzer
Zoetic Stage and The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County proudly present MOSCOW, a world premiere comedy by award-winning playwright and Zoetic Stage co-founder Michael McKeever, March 29 – April 15, staged in the intimate Carnival Studio Theatre (Ziff Ballet Opera House). Set in Miami circa 1962, this witty piece features the members of a once prominent South Florida family who find their world challenged by the life-altering events of the era. The Kennedy assassination, the Cold War and the sudden influx of Cuban immigration into Miami set the stage for an all-out showdown as past and present, east and west all collide in this comic look at how we got to where we are today.
Preview: March 29 at 7:30 pm
Opening Night: March 30 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 31, at 2pm and 7:30pm
April 1 – April 15, Wed.-Sat. at 7:30pm, Sundays at 4pm
Carnival Studio Theater
Ziff Ballet Opera House
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132
Tickets: $40 – $45
Visit www.arshtcenter.org for up-to-date information for details and schedules.