The ARSHT Center Announces New Season Of THEATER UP CLOSE

The ARSHT Center Announces New Season Of THEATER UP CLOSE 



2012-2013 Theater Up Close season

in the Carnival Studio Theater

Featuring six artistic collaborations

with stellar local theater ensembles and nationally acclaimed theater companies

Three new co-presentations with Miami's own Zoetic Stage:

Doug Wright's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-Winning Play


Zach Braff's hilarious


and a heaven-sent comedy by EVan Smith


The House Theatre of Chicago returns for a third season with


a fantastical expansion of a holiday classic

University of Miami's Department of Theatre Arts returns for a second season with


a new rock musical written by artists from The House Theatre of Chicago

David Michael Sirois' Carbonell Award-Nominated


A co-presentation with the ALLIANCE THEATRE Lab


A savings of more than 35% off single ticket price!

Now celebrating its seventh season, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County announced an extraordinary lineup of new and ongoing partnerships for the THEATER UP CLOSE 2012-2013 SEASON. This season features six incredible productions – such as the world premiere of Girls vs. Boys, a new rock musical; two Florida premieres including All New People and The Nutcracker; and a Miami premiere with The Savannah Disputation – from stellar local and national art organizations, all in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater in the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House.

Miami's Zoetic Stage - a company of South Florida's most celebrated playwrights, directors and actors – triumphantly returns for its third season at the Adrienne Arsht Center to co-present three exciting productions: Doug Wright's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, I AM MY OWN WIFE, October 4-21, 2012, opens the season with its striking, one-man play telling the gripping story of German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf; ALL NEW PEOPLE, January 10-27, 2013, Zach Braff's contemporary comedy commended by The Huffington Post as "the defining play of a generation"; and EVan Smith's THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION, April 11-28, 2013, a heaven-sent comedy drenched in Southern charm.

After last season's reinterpretation of Federico Garcia Lorca's classic The House of Bernarda Alba, the Adrienne Arsht Center and the University of Miami's Department of Theatre Arts are partnering once again to develop a fresh new piece, GIRLS VS. BOYS, November 1-18, 2012, an original musical written by the creators of The House Theatre of Chicago's smash hit, The Sparrow.

The critically acclaimed House Theatre of Chicago, which co-produced last season's wildly successful Death and Harry Houdini, returns for a third season with their holiday play THE NUTCRACKER, November 29, 2012 – December 30, 2012, "a riveting reinvention" (The Chicago Sun-Times) of the classic Christmas story.

Lastly, David Michael Sirois' Carbonell Award-nominated BROTHERS BECKETT, March 7-24, 2013, is a co-presentation with the ALLIANCE THEATRE Lab that depicts the tale of two brothers dealing with codependency and miscommunication. "Brothers Beckett is that rarity, a play that speaks resonantly to its young characters' contemporaries while entertaining a much broader audience." (The Miami Herald)

"Following a successful inaugural Theater Up Close season, which included a record number of consecutive sellouts in the Carnival Studio Theater, the Center continues to focus on creating stellar collaborations that feature the greatest South Florida talent and nationally renowned artists and playwrights," said Scott Shiller, Executive V.P. of the Adrienne Arsht Center. "The six plays selected this season take us on a whirlwind tour from 1940s Berlin to the quiet streets of Savannah and even to an imaginary wintry world. Ranging from heavy drama to a rock musical to cheeky comedy, the season reflects the diversity of our theatergoing audience and the Miami community in general and, at the same time, encourages thoughtful reflection on modern-day society."

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Beau Higgins Currently spending his time between New York and Florida, Beau was born to a theatrical family in Brooklyn. He studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and at HB Studios. He studied theater singing with Julia Sperratore and Helen Gallagher. Beau later taught drama at the Lincoln Center Square for the Arts. It was at this time Beau began working with the Theater Development Fund and helped found New York's famed HALF PRICE TICKET BOOTH. Early in his career, Beau was screen tested and contracted for Warner Brothers. He co-hosted, an early cable variety series on Manhattan's Teleprompter channel. At this time he directed the Johnny Specca musical, SEX IS..? at the Lincoln Center Library Theater. Beau has performed Off-Broadway in FAT FELL DOWN, The Comic Strip Theater's LITTLE LULU AND THE INVISIBLE INK and WILL THE REAL ZOOPERMAN PLEASE STAND UP. Around the country he has delighted audiences with his performances in ANYTHING GOES, THE APPLE TREE, GUYS & DOLLS, and HELLZAPOPPIN! He sang for New York audiences at such cabarets as The Duplex and Upstairs at the Downstairs. He has had numerous television appearances but is most proud to have been a winning contestant on the game shows JACKPOT and THE $20,000 PYRAMID.

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