Cherry Lane Mentor Project Kicks Off With McKenna's Secret Agenda of Trees March 20

News   Cherry Lane Mentor Project Kicks Off With McKenna's Secret Agenda of Trees March 20
The Cherry Lane Theatre's annual set of showcase productions of its Mentor Project plays kicks off March 20 with the start of The Secret Agenda of Trees by Colin McKenna, who is mentored by Lynn Nottage. Sam Gold directs the production.

The other plays will be Topsy Turvy Mouse by Peter Gil-Sheridan, mentored by Michael Weller, and Training Wisteria by Molly Smith Metzler, mentored by Jules Feiffer.

The full schedule of the Mentor Project plays follows:

March 20-31
The Secret Agenda of Trees By Colin McKenna
Directed by Sam Gold
Mentored by Lynn Nottage
According to press notes, "In the backwoods, 13 year old Veronica smolders with unrequited love for a boy she met in study hall. When her mother brings home a mysterious stranger and her methamphetamine use begins to spiral out of control, Veronica turns to her powerful dream life to help her do battle with the dangers that have invaded her home."

April 10-21
Topsy Turvy Mouse
By Peter Gil-Sheridan
Directed by Daniella Topol
Mentored by Michael Weller
"A disturbing photograph of Richie's parents' service in Iraq is posted to his locker. When his life begins to unravel, with the help of his friend Amit and a digital camera, Richie decides to take matters into his own hands."

May 1-12
Training Wisteria By Molly Smith Metzler
Mentored by Jules Feiffer
"On the eve of his high school graduation, video game junkie Dylan sneaks beers in the shed while his recently divorced mother Lynn desperately tries to return her neglected suburban yard to its former glory. But when her ex-husband barges in for Dylan's festivities, Lynn realizes that home improvement is the least of her family's worries." Founded in 1998 by Michael Weller, Susann Brinkley and Angelina Fiordellisi and currently facilitated by Pamela Perrell, the Cherry Lane's Mentor Project teams up-and-coming playwrights with experienced mentors as the playwrights hone their plays in preparation for a showcase production at the Cherry Lane.

Past mentors have included David Auburn, Charles Fuller, Tony Kushner, Marsha Norman, Alfred Uhry, A.R. Gurney, David Henry Hwang, Craig Lucas, Theresa Rebeck and Ed Bullins.

The productions take place at the Cherry Lane Theatre's Studio Theatre at 38 Commerce Street off of Seventh Avenue. For more information call (212) 989-2020 extension 21 or visit

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