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"Tupac" is back

Tupac Ground Up & Rising, the exciting young South Florida theater company that has yet to find a permanent home, is taking its act to two more venues.  The Hate U Gave:  The Tupac Shakur Story, an explosive biographical play written by and starring Meshaun Labrone Arnold, debuted last summer in a Ground Up production in Kendall.  It returns next week, first playing ArtSouth, 240 N. Krome Ave. in Homestead, then moving to the Byron Carlyle, 500 71st St. on Miami Beach.

Performances at ArtSouth are 8 p.m. April 17-18, 3 p.m. April 19, and tickets are just $15 ($10 for students, seniors and miltary personnel).  Get tickets via the ArtSouth web site or by calling 305-247-9406.  Shows at the Byron Carlyle are 8 p.m. April 24-25 and May 1-2.  Tickets there are $25 and $40 ($20 for students, seniors and military).  Call 305-867-4194 or visit the Ground Up & Rising web site.

Arturo Fernandez, the company's artistic director, plans a full season at ArtSouth.  Following The Hate U Gaveare John Kolvenbach's On an Average Day, Stephen Adly Guirgis' Jesus Hopped the A Train, a music-theater collaboration with Project Copernicus and a production of Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman.