Theater Up Close Our Dear Dead Drug Lord

Presented by Zoetic Stage and Adrienne Arsht Center

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May 5 – 22, 2022


Carnival Studio Theater

Run Time

100 minutes

Parental Guide

Ages 16+

Our Dear Dead Drug Lord
Florida Premiere
By Alexis Scheer
Directed by Stuart Meltzer and Elena María García

In this New York Times Critic’s Pick by South Florida’s own Alexis Scheer, four teenage girls gather in a Miami treehouse to summon the ghost of Pablo Escobar. Are they messing with the actual spirit of the infamous cartel kingpin? Or just each other? Whiplashing between laugh-out-loud humor and stop-you-in-your-tracks drama, this wicked new play explores the darkest corners of the human heart.

In 2019 Our Dear Dead Drug Lord enjoyed a highly successful, extended run off-Broadway, as a co-production of Second Stage and WP Theater. Theatre Scene called the play "the work of a born playwright and a unique new voice." Scheer is a Miami native and New World School of the Arts alum. She holds a BFA in musical theater from The Boston Conservatory and an MFA in playwriting from Boston University.

Intimate in nature yet universal in its ability to explore the need to connect, the play is an unflinching and powerful reminder of what it means to be human. As it races to its startling conclusion, audiences will be left catching their breath. A rollercoaster ride through the dark and dangerous mind of the modern American teenage girl by a gifted Miami playwright.

Note: This production includes mature content, blood and bodily harm.

Artists, titles, dates, times and prices subject to change. 

Given the intimate nature of performances in the Carnival Studio Theater, and by request of the performers, guests are required to wear masks (over the nose and mouth) while seated in the theater for Our Dear Dead Drug Lord. Masks are welcome and encouraged in the lobby and other Arsht Center spaces. The Arsht Center continues to maintain enhanced cleaning and air-filtration procedures for the well-being of audiences, artists and staff. Any policy changes will be sent directly to ticket holders and updated regularly at


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Our Dear Dead Drug Lord isn’t for the faint of heart, but neither is coming of age.”


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