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Jul172013

New Plays for Young Audiences 2013, New York

Three exciting works-in progress for young audiences at NYU's Provincetown Playhouse

What We Lost along the Way (2013) by Corinne Esme Glanville, director: Nancy Smithner

This family drama begins in 1939 London during the evacuation of over three million British children and centers on 15-year-old Serena Moffitt and her younger brother Joseph, who are sent from their working class suburb to the Devon countryside where they end up billeted with the Hargreaves, an upper class family with two sons who are close in age to the Moffitts. As mysteries are solved and fears are exposed, the young characters navigate their way through the intricate terrain of adolesence where they discover truths about friendship, family and love and find that even after great loss, the possibility of hope remains.

Meeka Rising (2013) by Carol Korty, director: Jim DeVivo

Meeka Rising explores the journey of an American teenager struggling with the loss created by her father’s death in Iraq.  Visual and written images of the ancient Sumerian myth of the goddess Inanna and her journey into the netherworld are juxtaposed with modern day Meeka’s confrontation with her family and her high school team mates.  Her focus on Inanna is a bitter sweet journey, one started with her Dad when he was first deployed in Iraq.  Is it a betrayal or tribute to him to turn their research into a school project?  Could it help her to heal?

Shahrazad 1001 (2013) by Ramon Esquivel, director: Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas

When Malala Yousafzai was targeted in October for speaking out on girls’ education in Pakistan, it illuminated something about Shahrazad and One Thousand and One Nights. As the Royal Vizier’s daughter, she had unusual educational access. She tells King Shahryar stories drawn from an empire that spanned Asia and North Africa and into Western Europe. Education saved her. With lives at stake, Shahrazad would not have relied on improvisation night after night for three years. She would research and prepare by reading and, most importantly, listening to others share their stories. Shahrazad 1001 invites us to listen in.

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