Zoetic Stage, the regional theater in residence at Miami’s Arsht Center, presents the world premiere of Michael McKeever’s family drama, “American Rhapsody,” Jan. 12 – 29. McKeever’s husband Stuart Meltzer directs. 

McKeever’s epic tale spans 60 years and traces the lives of the Cabot family over four generations through “the ever-changing landscape of the American zeitgeist” from the civil unrest in the late 1960s, ‘70s feminist movement and greed of the ’80s to the shock of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers, 2008 financial crisis, fights over same-sex marriage and COVID-19 pandemic.  

“As the family evolves into a new America, so does its cultural identity as members of other races and sexual orientations marry into and redefine what the family thought it was,” in promotional materials. 

“Sixty years is a lot of play,” McKeever quipped in an interview with Artburst Miami, while Meltzer described the play as “complex, effortless, funny, inspirational, but mostly, hopeful.” 

“American Rhapsody” marks Meltzer and McKeever’s first time working together as playwright and director since 2016’s “After,” another world premiere by Zoetic at the Arsht. “American Rhapsody” is the sixth full-length play McKeever has written for Zoetic.  

Zoetic Stage presents the world premiere of Michael McKeever’s “American Rhapsody” at the Arsht Center in Miami, Jan. 12 – 29. Tickets are $55 and $60 at ArshtCenter.org.

‘Rotterdam’ at Island City Stage

Island City Stage in Wilton Manors presents Jon Brittan’s “Rotterdam,” Jan. 19 – Feb. 19. Associate Artistic Director Michael Leeds directs. 

“Rotterdam,” a moving and sensitive exploration of gender identity and relationships, tells the story of lesbian couple Alice, who is struggling to come out to her parents, and Fiona, who tells Alice that she has always identified as a man.

“Although politics and media seem focused on the trans[gender] community, we don't often hear personal stories about those who seek to transition and the effect that can have on those closest to them,” said Island City’s Artistic Director Andy Rogow. “Rotterdam is a bittersweet comedy whose characters are in transition in one way or another.” 

The company recently hosted a “Behind the Red Curtain” community forum in conjunction with the production to educate and inspire others regarding how to interact with transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse individuals. 

“Rotterdam” stars Suzanne Ankrum as Alice and Autumn Kioti Horne as Fiona. Ankrum has been seen on TV in Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” and on Florida stages Palm Beach Dramaworks and Theatre Lab. Horne, a South Florida-based actor, has been seen at Theatre Lab, Zoetic Stage, GableStage and the former Florida Stage and Caldwell Theatre. Abbie Fricke and Robert Koutras round out the cast. 

Island City Stage, 2304 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors, presents the regional premiere of Jon Brittain’s “Rotterdam,” Jan. 19 – Feb. 19. Tickets start at $40 at IslandCityStage.org.