Cherry Lane Presents its Mentor Project Plays March 20-May 12

News   Cherry Lane Presents its Mentor Project Plays March 20-May 12
The Cherry Lane Theatre will present its annual set of showcase productions of plays drawn from its Mentor Project from March 20-May 12.

The plays are The Secret Agenda of Trees by Colin McKenna, mentored by Lynn Nottage; Topsy Turvy Mouse by Peter Gil-Sheridan, mentored by Michael Weller; and Training Wisteria by Molly Smith Metzler, mentored by Jules Feiffer.

Kate Fodor's 100 Saints You Should Know was originally announced as Feiffer's mentoring project and went through two readings with the Cherry Lane but was then optioned by Playwrights Horizons, according to Cherry Lane artistic director Angelina Fiordellisi.

The full schedule is as 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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