New York University’s New Plays for Young Audiences will present three performances in the month of June: Walking Toward America (June 11-12); Echo and Dorian (June 18-19); and The Three Little Wolves (June 25-26). All performances will take place at the Provincetown Playhouse, 133 MacDougal Street (at Washington Square South). [Subways: A, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th St.)]
An audience discussion with the playwright, director, and actors will follow each Sunday performance. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children, high school students, or those with a valid NYU ID. For reservations, please contact NYU Ticket Central online at www.nyu.edu/ticketcentral/calendar by phone at 212.352.3101 or in person at 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South). Reporters interested in attending should contact NYU’s Office of Public Affairs at 212.998.6797. For more information on the series, contact David Montgomery at email@example.com or 212.998.5869.
Walking Toward America by Sandra Fenichel Asher is inspired by the true story of one family’s experiences during and after World War II when they fled their beloved home in Latvia in search of safety and freedom. Their journey included a forced labor camp, a 500-mile journey across war-torn Germany in the dead of winter, and a storm-plagued voyage to the United States. This dramatized memoir captures courage, determination, sacrifice, and triumph through the eyes of one young girl coming of age in extraordinary times. The play is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Performances will take place on Saturday, June 11th (3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, June 12th at 3 p.m.
Echo and Dorian by Diane Samuels is inspired by the Greek myth Narcissus in which a gorgeous young man falls so in love with his own reflection that he pines to nothing more than the yellow flower that still bears his name. It is the unrequited longing of the nymph Echo, as she too wastes away due to unfulfilled (and deluded) love of this self-besotted youth that forms the heart of this new play. Drawing some elements from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Grey, Echo and Dorian is set amongst a group of style-conscious and media-savvy 21st century teenagers, as myth and modern life collide playfully to reveal what it’s like to fall head over heels, have your heart broken, discover what’s false, and what’s truly true. The play is appropriate for ages 13 and up. Performances will take place on Saturday, June 18th (3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, June 19th at 3 p.m.
The Three Little Wolves by Larry Brenner tells the story of the Three Little Wolves who need to find a friend, but no one trusts them because of the stories of their uncle, The Big Bad Wolf. Through learning life lessons about being patient, honest, and brave, each of the wolves finds their own friend. The play is appropriate for ages 5 and up. Performances will take place on Saturday, June 25th (3 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.) and Sunday, June 26th at 3p.m.
Based in the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New Plays for Young Audiences is an annual summer play development series located in the historic Provincetown Playhouse. Founded in 1998 by Lowell and Nancy Swortzell, NYU’s prize-winning New Plays for Young Audiences has developed 40 new plays written by leading playwrights for young audiences and families. These plays go on to receive national recognition, publication and production throughout the world.