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Steve Rothaus, gay ex-Marine Walker Burttschell to hold chats after two ‘Fear Up Harsh’ performances

Join me Wednesday night at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater for a performance of the world-premiere drama Fear Up Harsh by Christopher Demos-Brown.

“Incisive, amusing, sardonic and finally deeply affecting, the play underscores strengths Demos-Brown demonstrated in his earlier Carbonell Award-winning When the Sun Shone Brighter and the tart comedy Captiva. This is a playwright who crafts smart, insightful dialogue and memorable characters in service of compelling, engagingly theatrical stories,” writes Miami Herald theater critic Christine Dolen. “In Fear Up Harsh, Demos-Brown takes theatergoers into the world of military men and women, focusing on combat and sacrifice, how those deemed heroes are honored, and how war forever alters life for those who fight.”

Fear Up Harsh will be presented 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Afterward, I will moderate a chatback with the cast and creators, and special guest Walker Burttschell of Miami Beach, who was forced out of the U.S. Marines during the height of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

We will conduct a second chatback after the performance on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Use the code “gaysofla” for performances only on Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 and receive a $4 discount per ticket. 

IF YOU GO

What: World premiere of ‘Fear Up Harsh’ by Christopher Demos-Brown.

Where: Zoetic Stage production in the Carnival Studio Theater at the Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

When: Regular performances 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 24.

Cost: $39 with special code “gaysofla” for performances on Wednesday, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20. $45 all other performances. (There is also a $4 charge for all ticket purchases.)

For more information: 305-949-6722; www.arshtcenter.org or www.zoeticstage.com.

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