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McKeever's play about a diverse Miami returns

Davie playwright Michael McKeever, whose world premiere of Dangerous is keeping the box office hopping at Boca Raton's Caldwell Theatre company, is about to experience two different versions of his award-winning 2007 play Melt.

MELT_photo_AOn Sunday, March 15, at 3:30 p.m., the original cast of the New Theatre world premiere (plus one) will reunite on the far larger stage of Miami's Gusman Center for the Performing Arts for a special one-time performance of Melt, the play that won McKeever the 2008 Carbonell Award for best new work.  Javier Siut, Tara Vodihn, Marta Velasco, John Felix and Sheaun McKinney reprise their roles as diverse Miamians whose lives intersect.  Stuart Meltzer (at right in the photo) is staging the show, so Nick Richberg will play the part of a gay high school teacher who is eager to adopt.

Fourge Ahead Productions and Leadership Miami are presenting the play and passing out 1,500 tickets to groups serving young people, in hopes that those who come will appreciate both theater and the messages of McKeever's play -- its lessons about acceptance, interconnectedness, how personal history links to a city's evolution.

Two weeks after the Miami event, the script will get a staged reading at Manhattan's Primary Stages, though under the title The Miamians.  Meltzer will again direct.  The free New York reading takes place at 5 p.m. March 30.  For info, visit the Primary Stages web site.