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September 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Inspired by the acclaimed biography “George E. Merrick: Son of the Southwind” by Arva Moore Parks, the Coral Gables Museum presents “The Placemaker Poet”, a “dramatic curation” written and directed by Phillip M. Church exploring the life and legacy of Coral Gables’ visionary developer, George E. Merrick.
Before its incorporation in 1896 much of the surrounding land around Miami offered intrepid pioneers little else but mosquito-ridden, rocky backwoods of palmetto, pine trees and mangrove-shrouded bays. Into these inhospitable conditions stepped the Merrick family with a singular goal in mind; to escape the cold, unforgiving north in search of the healing powers of the sun and the south wind. “The Placemaker-Poet” sets out to explore the remarkable story of George E. Merrick, a man who traded his personal dream to build the dreams of others.
Offering an immersive, 90-minute theatre experience in three episodes, “The Placemaker-Poet” blends Florida history, drama, poetry, choreography, large-scale puppetry, music and digital projections.