Performances of Out of My Comfort Zone run through Feb. 8 at the American Theatre of Actors, Chernuchin Theatre.
Performed by a cast of 15 young teens and set in a New York City middle school, the show explores issues of self-identity, gender, love, expectations, stereotypes, cyber-bullying, and friendship.
“We were driven to write Out of My Comfort Zone as a way of making a strong statement against bullying, specifically bullying that targets any child or teen who may be perceived as gay or identify as LGBTQ,” said Vale, who is also co-director, in a previous statement. “There is a clear need for reality-based material for young teens who want to see shows that reflect their own lives and deliver characters they can relate to. The songs, influenced by everything from The Who’s 'Tommy' to ‘60’s girl groups to The Beastie Boys, really resonate with our 12-14 year old cast.”
Mimi Stuart, who is also co-director on Out of My Comfort Zone, is the artistic director.
The young cast includes Will Ehren, Violet Vale, Savannah Leroy, Michael Flynn, Reuben Levine, Elliot Lipman, Kailie Strutin, Lily Santangelo, Zoey Mae Dillon-Levine, Ruby Karp, Wiley Kimelman, Kiara Coleman, Mikayla Rose, Irena Kogarova, Claire Stein, Ness Krell, Michael Ning, Jerrell Jones, Alana Deller, Kirah Murray, Jasmine Mateo and Helena Milburn. Tickets are available online by visiting SmartTix.com. The American Theatre of Actors, Chernuchin Theatre is located at 314 West 54th Street, New York.