Arsht’s 2013-14 ‘Up Close’ series boasts 2 world premieres

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is raising the curtain on its 2013-2014 Theater Up Close programming, partnering again with Miami’s Zoetic Stage, the House Theatre of Chicago and the University of Miami for an eclectic season — including a pair of world premieres — in the center’s Carnival Studio Theatre.

“All of the shows center on the same theme,” says Scott Shiller, the Arsht’s executive vice president and the driving force behind the series. “It’s the theme of history and mythology, and the thin line between them. Our histories change, depending on who’s telling the story.”

The series begins Oct. 9-27 with the Arsht and UM collaborating on a production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses. Based on Ovid’s myths, the image-filled play will be performed by professional and student actors in a 4-foot-deep swimming pool. UM’s theater chairman, Henry Fonte, will direct.

Zoetic Stage launches its four-show lineup with the Nov. 7-24 world premiere of Fear Up Harsh by Christopher Demos-Brown. Staged by artistic director Stuart Meltzer, the play is about a Medal of Honor winner and former Marine whose service history is marred by a secret. Zoetic will stage its first musical, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins, Jan. 30-Feb. 23. Meltzer directs the piece about nine successful and failed presidential assassins.

Michael McKeever, whose 2012 Zoetic play Moscow just won the Carbonell Award for best new work, gets another world premiere March 20-April 6 with Clark Gable Slept Here. Meltzer is staging the dark comedy about those in the orbit of a big Hollywood star whose closet contains many secrets.

The House Theatre returns to the Arsht April 24-May 18, 2014, with Rose and the Rime by Chris Matthews, Jake Minton and Nathan Allen. Directed by Allen, the play is about a Michigan town trapped in perpetual winter and a girl whose mission is to save it from a witch’s curse.

Theater Up Close winds up May 22-June 8, 2014, with Zoetic’s production of The Great God Pan by Amy Herzog, directed by Meltzer, about a young journalist whose life is thrown into turmoil when a possible childhood trauma is revealed.

Subscriptions to all six shows go on sale Monday for $150, with $45 individual tickets available in the fall. The Carnival Studio Theater is in the Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722,

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