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Barry honors McKeever


South Florida playwright Michael McKeever has an ever-growing, eclectic body of work, one that has helped him become one of the region's most successful dramatists.  Last season at Boca Raton's Caldwell Theatre company, his play Dangerous, set in Germany as the Nazis were ascending to power, put a fresh spin on the sexual intrigues of Les Liaisons Dangereuses.  In May, his play Unreasonable Doubt, about a man seeking revenge for his daughter's murder, has its world premiere at Actors' Playhouse in Coral Gables.

Those are full-length scripts, but McKeever is just as adept at crafting short plays.  And the week before he writes another one for this year's 24-Hour Theatre Project on Oct. 12, Barry University's Department of Fine Arts will honor the writer and his short works in "An Evening With Michael McKeever."

Lela Elam, Amy London, John Manzelli, Chaz Mena, Hugh Murphy and David Perez-Ribada will read some of his short plays and debut a new one titled Lost.

A three-time Carbonell Award winner andthree-time finalist for the Heideman Award for short plays at Louisville's Humana Festival of New American Plays, McKeever says, "I'm completely honored and humbled to be given an evening like this, and to be working with people who I not only love but respect."

The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Gato Gallery on Barry's campus at 11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores.  Admission is free.  For more info, contact Manzelli at 305-899-3291 or email him at [email protected]