City Lights Youth, a non-profit organization providing programming for young people of multi-cultural backgrounds, opens the world premiere of Migdalia Cruz's Dylan and the Flash, a new play for young audiences running Nov. 15-17 at the Synchronicity Space in downtown Manhattan.
Dealing with issues of identity, family and friends, Dylan focuses a 14-year-old girl of mixed race who takes on a "tragic story" TV-crime-show persona to deal with her confusion about who she is. With the help of her family, friends and pets, Dylan comes to love and accept her three cultures.
The show is directed by City Lights Youth Artistic Director, Deborah Nitzberg, who selected Cruz a based on her work. The premiere is co commissioned with Oddfellows Youth Theatre of Middletown, CT, who had worked with Cruz previously. Oddfellows mounts their production in the spring. Cruz was born and raised in Bronx. She is a recently recipient of the Kennedy Center's New Play Fund, which commissioned her retelling of Lorca's The House of Bernardo Alba called Another Part of the House, premiering at New York's Classic Stage Company in March.
Throughout the process, Cruz has been involved with young actors ranging in age 10-15, in workshops and even a barbecue at her home for a first draft reading. She has attended rehearsals for three weeks, for seven hours a week after school.
Tickets for Dylan and the Flash are $5, and can be reserved by calling the City Lights Youth Office at (212) 262-0200. --By Blair Glaser