JOIN US FOR THE CULMINATION OF OUR YOUTH COMPANY SEASON!

LET’S TALK

Join us for a post-show TALKBACK with the cast, moderated by MCC staff in this event aimed at provoking conversation and public engagement.

CAST TALKBACK
FRI, MAY 3 — After UNCENSORED Performance
SAT, MAY 11 — After FRESHPLAY Performance

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT EVENT: MAKING CONNECTIONS
Youth serving organizations from around the city share community and information in this event made just for young people! 
SAT, APR 27 – 5:30 PM

From October to May the MCC Youth Company Performance and Playwriting labs have been hard at work creating original content, activating their artistic visions, and developing the stories that matter to them.

APR 26 – MAY 5

Co-Directors Kevin Carillo and Javon Q. Minter have worked in collaboration with our performance lab students to present UNCENSORED: SHAKE THE ROOM. A mosaic of scenes, monologues, movement pieces and poetry, UNCENSORED promises a perceptive look into the questions our young people are confronting and the world they wish to create. There are 6 chances to see this exciting new devised theater piece written and performed by performance lab students.

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MAY 10 – 11

Playwriting Lab director Juan Ramirez, Jr. and assistant director Alexander Lambie have mentored our playwriting lab students as they build original ten-minute and one-act plays. From attending their own funeral to uncovering the mystery of the maze, these students have imagined thrilling new worlds to share with the audience. These pieces will be shared as readings over the two days of the FRESHPLAY FESTIVAL with the support of professional actors and directors who will bring these new works to life.

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THE SUSAN & RONALD FRANKEL THEATER AT THE ROBERT W. WILSON MCC THEATER SPACE

511 W 52 ST | NY, NY 10019

ALL TIX ARE FREE OF CHARGE

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PAST PERFORMANCES

Watch our playlist of past UNCENSORED performances below!

BKYC UNCENSORED

UNCENSORED

TEACHING ARTISTS

PERFORMANCE LAB

KEVIN CARILLO

co-director

KEVIN CARILLO is a theater director/choreographer based in NYC. This past winter, for his graduate thesis at Columbia University, he conceived FIGARO/FAGGOTS, a new opera-theater hybrid work with music by W.A Mozart and text by Larry Kramer. In June of 2023, the company of FIGARO/FAGGOTS performed for Larry Kramer’s Memorial at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, featuring Anthony Roth Costanzo. Kevin is Co-Director of the MCC Theater Youth Company Performance Lab, where he directs an annual devised production with NYC teens. Upcoming: Kevin is commissioned by the NYC AIDS Memorial to choreograph a new site-specific work for World AIDS Day this December 2023. In March 2024, he will Co-Direct a concert of Laura Nyro music starring Judy Kuhn at the 92nd Street Y. Kevin is the Associate Set Designer for GARDENS OF ANUNCIA at Lincoln Center Theater. Administratively, he designs and manages Emergent Artist Programming at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Awards/Fellowships: William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellowship at Lincoln Center; the 2019 Director Assistantship at Williamstown Theater Festival, where he worked with Trip Cullman; Directing Fellow Pool at Manhattan Theater Club; two lead artist residencies at the Mercury Store for choreography. He apprenticed with Ivo van Hove and Jan Versweyveld at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam on GEVETCHEN EN METAMORFOSEN VAN BEEN VROUW by Edouard Louis. Education: BFA in Drama from University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Kenan Excellence Award) — and studied Ballet with Susan Jaffe in the School of Dance; MFA in Theater Directing from Columbia University under the guidance of Anne Bogart, Brian Kulick, and Katie Mitchell.

JAVON Q. MINTER

co-director

JAVON Q. MINTER (they/them) is a Black non-binary transfeminine theatre artist and educator, born and raised in pre-gentrified Bed-Stuy. As a director, they’ve devised works with New York Theatre Workshop’s Youth Artistic Instigators & NYU Grad Acting, developed a new musical with the 5th Avenue Theater, and is consistently working to uplift new works by Queer playwrights of color. Javon is the SDCF Directing Observer for Classic Stage Company’s I CAN GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE directed by Trip Cullman, and will be co-directing MCC Theater’s youth company for their annual UNCENSORED performance, premiering in Spring 2024. As an educator, Javon has taught theatre across New York State and regionally, ranging from preschoolers to conservatory to members of the United States Air Force. They are a member of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers, teaching artist with New York Theatre Workshop, LEAP & as a coach for Trans Voices, a storytelling workshop in partnership with Life Jacket Theatre Company and Sam & Devorah Foundation for Transgender Youth. In 2022, they founded No Gate Theatre Collective, a community of artistic collaborators who desire to create work & opportunities free from gatekeeping & marginalization as practiced in commercial theater. Select acting credits: WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN (BAM & Playwrights Horizons), TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), BOYS DON’T LOOK AT BOYS (New York Stage & Film), and WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ALL THAT BEAUTY (Playwrights Realm).

PLAYWRITING LAB

ALEXANDER LAMBIE

assistant director

ALEXANDER LAMBIE is an artist from Intervale Avenue in the Bronx who focuses on drawing attention to marginalized people and new play development. He is a member of Middle Voice Theater Company, an alumnus of Atlantic Acting School and the MCC Youth Company. He is also known as Gina Cakestand, a drag persona living in the kitchen at the intersection of anime and the black experience. Works include: GET COOKING WITH GINA (BAAD), GINA’S HOLIDAY LASAGNA (BAAD), THE ENCLAVE (dir. Victor Cervantes) (Rattlestick), ORPHEUS AND THE BERKSHIRES (dir. Laura Savia), ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN (dir. Padric Lilis) (Stable Cable), and THE PARLOUR (dir. Daniella Heart).

JUAN RAMIREZ, JR.

director

JUAN RAMIREZ, JR. is Nuyorican and Chapín Boogie Down born-and-raised internationally produced, award-winning playwright, monologist, screenwriter, filmmaker and poet. His solo show BROADWAY OF THE BRONX: A JUAN MAN SHOW received the inaugural 2021 Bronx Cultural Visions Fund Production Grant. His works were selected and produced with Austin Film Festival Playwriting, Miranda Family Voces Latinx Finalist with Repertorio Español, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, IATI, LaTea, Downtown Urban Arts Festival, Abrons Art Center’s 1915 Playhouse Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Cherry Lane, Theatre Row, Dixon Place, Ingenio Milagro, and others. As a teaching artist, he has taught with juvenile detention facilities, gifted student programs, educational venues and workshops with Art Defined Productions. He’s a Dramatist Guild member, 2020-2021 Dramatist Guild Fellow, an ATG PlayLab member, NYC Latinx Playwright Circle member and a teaching artist with Art Defined. He received his BA from Lehman College and MFA from NYU Tisch. www.JuanRamirezJr.com @AJuanManShow

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