The New World School of the Arts high school theater program closes the season with the poignant The Laramie Project, a play by Moises Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project. Patrice Bailey, Dean of Theater at NWSA highlighted, “This play offers an opportunity for our students to connect to a hate crime committed on a young man and to explore the different points of view of a story. It is my hope that our students will become activists of tolerance.”
Directed by Stuart Meltzer, NWSA will produce the original docu-drama for three performances only, running Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11 at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, May 12 at 2:00 PM at the Colony Theater. 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. General admission is $12. Tickets can be purchased online at nwsa.mdc.edu.
Time Magazine calls The Laramie Project, “A pioneering work and a powerful stage event.” Considered by many to be one of the most startling and honest theatrical experiences in the past 20 years, The Laramie Project depicts the events of October 6th of 1998 when Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die tied to a fence in the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. He died 6 days later.
“This play represents the modern day civil rights movement in America,” explained Meltzer. “To this day the senseless hate crimes that exist on our nation’s campuses are frightening and archaic. It is with plays like The Laramie Project that, if we can open one mind up to tolerance, we have done our job.”
Shepard’s torture and murder became a watershed historical moment in America that highlighted many of the fault lines in our culture.
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, and it is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.