FRESHPLAY FESTIVAL 2019
FRI JUL 12, 2019 – SAT JUL 13, 2019
Newman Mills Theater
THE ROBERT W. WILSON
MCC THEATER SPACE
511 W 52 ST
The FreshPlay Festival is a collection of plays written by members of the Playwriting Lab and selected for a full workshop process and staged reading. The Youth Company playwrights work side by side with seasoned directors, designers, dramaturgs, and actors to bring their plays to life in a weekend-long festival.
ABOUT the YOUTH COMPANY
The MCC Theater Youth Company is a free, after-school program for New York City high school students interested in developing their acting and dramatic writing skills. Within a creative, challenging, and supportive environment, teenagers from five boroughs participate in weekly workshops (Labs) led by professional theater artists.
FRI, JUL 12 6:00PM
STRAWBERRIES AT THE DATCHA by GENA TREYVUS
A story of a family moving from Belarus to Sheepshead Bay in the 1990s. Featuring YELENA SCHUMLENSEN (“Orange is the New Black”) and MASHA KING (“Madame Secretary”).
FRI, JUL 12 8:00PM
UNTITLED by JESS SILVA
The story of two teenage girls falling in love and the way their family deals with it (or doesn’t deal with it). Featuring four all-star members of the Youth Company,ANDRES SANTIAGO-PINA and CHANNIE WAITES.
SAT, JUL 13 1:00PM,
MANHOOD PLAY by ZYAN ESPINAL
A young Latino boy grapples with masculinity and his sexuality in interactions throughout his childhood with his family, friends, and neighborhood. Featuring ILIANA GUIBERT (“Quantico”) and ERICK BETANCOURT (Our Lady of 121st Street) .
SAT, JUL 13 3:00PM
UNTOLD TRUTHS by GENESIS BARTHELMY
A teenage girl deals with the death of her mother, her family’s grief, and a budding friendship. Featuring PAIGE GILBERT (BLKS, School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play) and CESAR ROSADO (Plano, The Workshop).
SAT, JUL 13 5:00PM
UNDERGROUND by JULIAN ALVAREZ
Intimate glimpses of the lives of everyday New Yorkers on the train. Featuring IRENE SOFIO LUCO (Slave Play) and JOSLYN DEFREECE (“Strange Angel”).
THE ROBERT W. WILSON MCC THEATER SPACE
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