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GableStage artistic director Joseph Adler has always been drawn to shocking plays, sexy plays, plays that afford terrific actors a chance to display the many facets of their talent.  But what really gets Adler's creative juices flowing are plays built around powerful issues.  And he has chosen a number of them for the company's 2008-2009 season.

Joe_adler Adler kicks off his new lineup with November, David Mamet's bristling election comedy from this past Broadway season, Oct. 18-Nov. 16.  Then, a GableStage rarity:  the musical Adding Machine, based on Elmer Rice's 1923 satire of human-crushing capitalism.  The Off-Broadway hit, which has just been chosen one of the 10 top plays of 2007-2008 by the Best Plays Theater Yearbook, runs Dec. 27-Jan. 25.

John Patrick Shanley's Defiance, which was replaced in the current season with the just-about-to-open Iraq play Betrayed, will run Feb. 21-March 22.  That play, about racial conflict on a Marine Corps base in 1971, will be followed April 18-May 24 by Nilaja Sun's No Child, a multicharacter solo show about life inside a public school.

Adler goes lighter with his first summer 2009 play, Paul Rudnick's scathingly funny The New Century, which will run June 20-July 19.  GableStage will end next season with the world premiere of Lewd and Lascivious by South Florida playwright Michael McKeever.  That play, about a gay scandal involving a college professor in 1960, will run Aug. 15-Sept. 13, 2009.

GableStage, winner of numerous Carbonell Awards for theatrical excellence, is located in the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. For information, visit the theater's web site or call the box office at 305-445-1119.

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