The Araca Project is an initiative of The Araca Group and Syracuse University. This year, the University of Michigan, Northwestern University and Florida State University have joined the commitment to early career development.
"By giving artists the opportunity to take on the full artistic and fiscal responsibilities of producing their work Off-Broadway, The Araca Project endeavors to embolden these artists to recognize the power of the entrepreneurial spirit in shaping one’s artistic destiny," according to press notes. For more information visit www.aracaproject.com.
Details about each of this year's six original works follow. (All are produced by young professionals that graduated between 2002 and 2012.)
Written by Kevin Slack, directed by Phil Blechman
"Baseball phenom Henry Wool is widely considered to be the greatest pitching prospect in the history of the sport—subject of vast speculation, analysis, and media hype. But when he decides to hang it up for good, Henry must deal with the consequences of fame, love, power, and history."
Sept. 3-5 at 7 PM, Sept. 6 at 8 PM, Sept. 7 at 2 and 8 PM, Sept. 8 at 2 PM. Tickets are $20; visit www.fivepointprod.com. The Memory Tax
Written by Chad Eschman
"Memories aren't something you keep, they're something you become. A young couple tries to build a future in a dystopian America, where memories are taken out of people's minds and archived because there may not be a tomorrow. Featuring film, live projections, and an original underscore, The Memory Tax explores whether a family can survive in a dying world."
Sept. 12-14 and 18-21 at 8 PM, Sept. 15 at 2 PM. Tickets are $22; visit www.thememorytax.com.
The Rock and the Ripe
Written by Mark Blane
"Six restless high schoolers are stuck in the principal's waiting room, all up for expulsion after taking part in bullying incidents - though, most of them were the ones being bullied. They banter with each other while they wait to go back to class, until they discover that the principal isn't coming. Inspired by The Laramie Project, The Rock and the Ripe presents a 75 minute story taken from the real actions of bullied gay teens that desperately sought to take the rock ‘off their chest.’"
Sept. 27-Oct. 6 at 7:30 PM, Friday-Saturday, Wednesday-Saturday; 3 PM Sundays. Tickets are $18; visit www.therockandtheripe.com.
Written by Bryn Lagoni
"When shy Stacy started college in the fall, the last thing she expected was to be turned into a ‘real-life temptress’ by Rachel, her high heeled-wearing, vodka sipping roommate. In this contemporary coming of age comedy, these unlikely friends discover who they are through what they wear on their feet. Breaking Heels is a play about healing."
Oct. 9-13, Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM and Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. All tickets are $19; visit www.breakingheelsnyc.com.
"[Press Play] is an avant-garde theatrical dance event featuring a score by modern techno/house music producers and a visual experience of live interactive 3D projections that encircle the entire audience. Created by Two Entertainment co-founders Han Park and RJ Brown, [Press Play] fuses these two electrifying elements together with innovative contemporary choreography to tell a post-apocalyptic story about the aftermath of World War III and the importance of freedom."
Oct. 24 at 7 PM; Oct. 25 at 7 PM, Oct. 26 at 7 PM. Tickets are $20 General Admission, $40 VIP; visit www.pressplaytheshow.com.
All of Our Feelings at Once
"All of Our Feelings at Once always gets personal. But that’s the fun. Whether it’s through original songs, multimedia presentations, or interactive games, these Chicago-based comedians reveal, share, amuse and embarrass themselves by any means necessary."
Oct. 17-19 and 24-26 at 9 PM. Tickets are $20; visit www.allofourfeelingsatonce.com.
All performances of the Araca Project will be held at The American Theatre of Actors at 314 W. 54th St.