The second Theater Up Close season at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts will bring a holiday show from the House Theatre of Chicago, a musical collaboration between the House and the University of Miami, three new productions from Zoetic Stage and the Arsht debut of the Alliance Theatre Lab hit Brothers Beckett by young Miami playwright David Michael Sirois.
Arsht executive vice president Scott Shiller says the audience for this year’s lineup in the Carnival Studio Theater at the Ziff Ballet Opera House drew a diverse audience, in terms of age and reach, and that the collaborations with Zoetic, the House and UM were “incredibly fulfilling.”
The season begins Oct. 4-21 with Zoetic’s production of Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife. South Florida actor Tom Wahl will play Charlotte von Mahlsdorf and more than 30 other characters in the solo show about a real-life Berlin transvestite who survived the Nazis, then the Communists.
Nov. 1-18, the Arsht and UM will present Girls vs. Boys, a rock musical battle between a teen brother and sister, with book and lyrics by House company members Chris Matthews, Jake Minton and Nathan Allen and music by Allen and Kevin O’Donnell.
After this season’s hot-ticket run of Death and Harry Houdini, the House returns with its own version of the holiday favorite The Nutcracker Nov. 29-Dec. 30. Based on the same E.T.A. Hoffman story as the oft-mounted ballet, this contemporary play-with-music, directed and choreographed by Tommy Rapley, is a new take on the beloved tale.
Zoetic will tackle All New People by Scrubs star Zach Braff Jan. 10-27. The comedy is about a 35-year-old whose plans to end it all are foiled by the arrival of various people.
Twentysomethings get their play in Sirois’ Brothers Beckett, a Carbonell Award-nominated comedy about roommate brothers who have never made the leap to adulthood. It runs March 7-24, followed by the third Zoetic production, Evan Smith’s The Savannah Disputation. Running April 11-28, the comedy is about Catholic sisters who face off against a door-to-door evangelist.
Subscriptions to all six shows cost $160 and go on sale Monday. Single tickets to I Am My Own Wife will be available to Arsht Center members July 23 and others July 30. Tickets to the other shows will be on sale to members Aug. 6 and to the public Sept. 8.
The Arsht Center is at 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. For information, call 305-949-6722 or visit arshtcenter.org.