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'Great God Pan' wraps up Zoetic Stage's season

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"The Great God Pan" wraps up a triumphant season for Zoetic Stage when the play makes its regional premiere tomorrow night at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.

The play, which is written by Amy Herzog and directed by Stuart Meltzer, runs from May 22 through June 8 in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater.

"This has been an incredible season. Our actors are getting recognized and our new work is getting recognized," said Meltzer, who is the theater company's artistic director and one of its founders.

"The Great God Pan, " which had its world premiere at Playwright's Horizons theater in New York, was called "haunting, deeply affecting and unfailingly honest" by The New York Times.

"Amy Herzog is one of the hottest playwrights in the country," said Meltzer of Herzog, whose play, "4000 miles" was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in drama.

According to Meltzer, the plot of "The Great God Pan," involves a man who appears to be living an idyllic life when an old childhood friend visits him. Through their meeting, a possible childhood trauma comes to light, throwing the man's life into a tailspin.

"When I read the play, I automatically connected with it. It was so different, so contemporary. There was a psychological struggle happening, and I wanted to learn more. As I read, I kept thinking, 'Wow, wow, wow,'" Melzer said.

"The theme centers on whether an incident in your past can dictate the rest of your life. But although that sounds bleak, the play has a sense of comedy around it," he added.

Tickets are $45.

More info: Adrienne Arsht Center

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