Celebrating its 20th anniversary season, New Plays for Young Audiences will stage rehearsed readings of three new plays, June 10-25, 2017 at the historic Provincetown Playhouse, presented by the Educational Theatre program at the NYU Steinhardt School. The readings are free and open to the public.
The plays are the outgrowth of New Plays for Young Audiences’ annual summer play development series, established in 1998 by Lowell and Nancy Swortzell. The prize-winning series has developed nearly 60 new plays written by leading playwrights for young audiences and families, many of which have gone on to receive both national and international recognition, publication, and production.
Siamese Cycle by Tidtaya Sinutoke is a semi-biographical play-in-cycle of a young Thai artist living in New York City dealing with cultural differences, language barrier, food preference, and being an immigrant in this lonely city. Siamese Cycle features many unknown characters with interesting “oriental” names and many well-known historical figures such as Rodgers and Hammerstein and, of course, Anna Leonowens. Nana Dakin directs. This piece is appropriate for ages 13 and up. Rehearsed readings are on Saturday, June 10 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, June 11 at 3 pm.
Based on the American folk-ballad, John Henry by Elise Forier Edie takes place in a railroad camp a decade or so after the American Civil War. A young African American boy and his best friend, an Irish American girl, grapple with discrimination as their fathers struggle to keep their jobs in a burgeoning industrialized world. Karl O’Brian Williams directs. This play is appropriate for ages 9 and up. Rehearsed readings are on Saturday, June 17 at 2 pm and Sunday, June 18 at 3 pm.
Now Comes the Dust is a new musical with book and lyrics by Laurie Brooks and music by Paul Carrol Binkley. Jeff Church directs. Now Comes the Dust tells the story of Ellie, a girl who the town believes is an angel that can call rain from the skies and make crops grow again. The ravages of the Dusters that caused the death of her mother are bad enough, but even worse, Ellie knows she’s just an ordinary girl who cannot perform miracles. The phenomenon of one brave family who stayed through the Dustbowl and the prescient topic of climate change are embedded in this story. This play is appropriate for ages 11 and up. Rehearsed readings are on Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, June 25 at 3 pm.
All rehearsed readings are in the Provincetown Playhouse. Tickets are FREE. There are no advance reservations. Tickets will be available at the theatre’s box office beginning an hour before each reading.
The Provincetown Playhouse is located at 133 MacDougal Street, between West 4th and West 3rd streets [Subway: A, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th St.)]. Reporters interested in attending should contact Rachel Harrison at 212.998.6797 or email@example.com. For more information on the series, contact David Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.998.5869.