Cherry Lane Mentor Project 2017

Cherry Lane Mentor Project 2017

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SYNOPSIS: The 19th season of Cherry Lane’s Mentor Project, which pairs emerging playwrights with established writers for a season of play development, casting, rehearsals, and a fully-staged production.

The Siblings Play
By Ren Dara Santiago
Mentored by Lucy Thurber
Three siblings fight to keep each other safe from the demons their parents created. For Mars, Leon and Marie, what defines family is survival. As love seems to leave them, they begin to battle their own desires and destiny, praying at the end of the day they'll still have one another.

Esai's Table
By Nathan Yungerburg
Mentored by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Esai's Table follows the journey of three young black men on a mythical night sea journey atop a magical old table. Through artistic expression and personal revelations, we learn why they've been chosen to navigate this journey. Destiny meets eternity in this story of black lives, friendship, family, and love.

Nollywood Dreams
By Jocelyn Bioh
Mentored by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
In the 1990s, Nollywood (the Nigerian film industry) is on the rise. Ayamma dreams of leaving her job at her parents' travel agency and becoming a star. When she auditions for a new film by Nigeria's hottest director, tension flares with his former leading lady - as sparks fly with Nollywood's biggest heartthrob.

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