Blog > Rudi Goblen wants to mend your broken heart
Rudi Goblen’s interactive one-man show is about the universal experience of love, loss and heartbreak. PET—named after the support group for ex-lovers and serial monogamists that the theater show is set in—centers around a cured love addict who wants to help others work through their own suffering and pain. Just in time to cap off the month for lovers, Rudi is bringing his show to YoungArts for its latest installment of Pairings.
Named by the Miami Herald as “one of the most compelling figures in Miami’s contemporary live-arts scene,” Rudi’s repertoire isn’t limited to theater. He started break dancing over 20 years ago and has since become a dancer, actor, performing artist and writer—not surprising for someone who lists influences as varied as Thelonious Monk, Michael Jackson, The Three Stooges, Dr. Seuss, Labyrinth and The Neverending Story, to name a few.
“Art is such a big part of community building because it invites people to become uncomfortable,” says Rudi. “It pushes, instigates and makes us question our notions of right and wrong, of beautiful and ugly.” And it’s this perspective that informs the interactive nature of PET. In a show that pierces the fourth wall, the artist and audience take part in a performative exchange. “If I can successfully set the mood, and make the audience feel as comfortable as they would in their own home or with their own friends, then the quicker they can let their guard down and trust me to come on a journey with me,” the artist explained.
That journey is taking place tonight and tomorrow night at Ted’s at YoungArts and includes a themed culinary experience by STARR Catering Group. Tickets are very limited.
Originally Commissioned by Miami Light Project, PET received its world premiere in May 2013 at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse and was created with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.