Roundabout Teams with Jersey Boys Actor and Team of NYC Teenagers for Prospect High: Brooklyn

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The Roundabout Theatre Company and Daniel Robert Sullivan, who played Tommy DeVito in the long-running Toronto production of Jersey Boys, have helped a team of New York City teenagers develop a brand-new play that will be seen in high schools across the country before an Off-Broadway production next spring.

Prospect High: Brooklyn was developed in partnership with Education at Roundabout and the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships and will premiere in 23 high school productions from September 2015 through May 2016. It will then receive an Off-Broadway premiere, by the Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts, at Roundabout's black box theatre. 

"After much research, we chose 23 of the boldest high school theatre departments from across the country and can use this first-ever high school rolling world premiere to recognize them and expose their power at a national level,” said Sullivan in a press statement.

The play, which can be performed by a cast of up to 18, is set in a large Brooklyn high school. Co-written by Sullivan and the team of adolescents over nine months of collaboration, the play focuses on four students and their apathetic teacher. According to Roundabout, it was created with the "intent of offering a new collection of serious, true-to-life material for teenage actors."

Prospect High: Brooklyn explores themes of apathy, revenge, friendship, trans acceptance, racism, self-harm and the power of our teachers in giving us good and bad advice. It was recently awarded semi-finalist status for the 2015 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Center

"I wanted to create an issue‐driven, age‐appropriate, ethnically‐diverse, flexible‐cast play that represents the extremes inherent in an urban high school environment," continued Sullivan, who is also the author of "Places, Please! (Becoming A Jersey Boy)." "These teenagers have introduced me to the issues and debates most important to them. We’ve structured these conversations into the play." The writers are Paul Stoll, Aaliyah Stewart, Isaiah Latimer, Chanique Peart, Deshaye Tingling, Amanda Rodriguez, Jaylin Acosta, Brandy Brown, Azaria Guthrie, Rebecca Powell, Rachel Friedman and Shannon Deep.

Prospect High will play the following high schools: 

Indianapolis: Broad Ripple High School (September 2015)
Memphis: Ridgeway High School (November 2015)
Providence: Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (November 2015)
Syracuse: Corcoran High School (November 2015)
Tallahassee: Leon High School (November 2015)
Boston: Boston Arts Academy (December 2015)
Bridgeport: Central High School (December 2015)
Harrisburg: Capital Area School for the Arts (December 2015) Milwaukee: Milwaukee High School of the Arts (December 2015) Philadelphia: Academy at Palumbo (December 2015)
Ann Arbor: Pioneer High School (January 2016)
Louisville: Youth Performing Arts High School (January 2016)
Minneapolis: Southwest High School (January 2016)
Oklahoma City: Harding Fine Arts Academy (January 2016)
San Jose: Lincoln High School (January 2016)
Chicago: Niles West High School (February 2016)
Dallas: Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy (February 2016)
Philadelphia: Philadelphia School for Creative and Performing Arts (February 2016) Long Island: Long Island High School for the Arts (March 2016)
Washington DC: Benjamin Banneker High School (March 2016)
Austin: McCallum Fine Arts Academy (April 2016)
San Diego: San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (May 2016)

Prospect High: Brooklyn received a workshop presentation at Roundabout Theatre Company in April 2014 under the direction of Shelley Butler. It is currently being further developed at the Nevada Conservatory Theatre, in association with the University of Nevada‐Las Vegas, under the direction of Christopher V. Edwards.

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