Lucy Thurber Will Guide MCC's Youth Playwrights Through FreshPlay Festival, Performances This Weekend | Playbill

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News Lucy Thurber Will Guide MCC's Youth Playwrights Through FreshPlay Festival, Performances This Weekend Under the guidance of FreshPlay artistic director Lucy Thurber (The Hilltown Plays) and MCC's director of education Caroline Azano, MCC Theater's FreshPlay Festival will feature eight staged readings of new plays written by members of the MCC Youth Company's playwriting program July 18-21.

According to MCC's website, "MCC Theater’s FreshPlay Festival merges the voices and creativity of urban youth with the experience of professionals, creating provocative, innovative, and fresh theater. The 2014 FreshPlay Festival will focus on the process of workshops with five original plays penned by MCC’s Youth Company Playwrights. Over the course of six days (July 13-21), our eight young playwrights will receive a combined 192 hours of rehearsals under the guidance of seven professional directors and with the participation of over 50 performers. After 24 hours of process-based workshops, each play will receive a culminating reading."

The readings are performed by professional actors and are free and open to the public. All of the readings will take place at Telsey + Company (311 W. 43rd Street).

The lineup follows:


Your Name is Tattooed on My Heart by Danika Frank
July 18 at 7 PM Directed by Jenna Worsham

Featuring Alec Silberblatt and Xavier Galva.


To Live and Die by Alexis Whitaker
July 19 at 12 PM

Directed by Steve DiUbaldo

Featuring Prema Cruz, Danaya Esperanza, Chris Berry, Brittany Bradford, Lauren Lattimore, Robert Eli, Sandra Sackey, Kareem Lucas and Zelia Ryan-Young.


Those Who Scar by Jaida Hawkins
July 19 at 2 PM

Directed by Basil Kreimendahl

Featuring Tiffany Greene, Alexis Whitaker, Sasha Duprey, Jade Brown, David Anzuelo, Julissa Contreras and Bryce Johnson.


They Just Don't Wanna Know by Raven Baugh
July 19 at 4 PM

Directed by Jim Tierney

Featuring Jade Brown, William Hinds, Wi-Moto Nyoka, William Gaffney, Tiffany Greene, Maya Tejada, Lori Laing and Alexander Lambie.


One Man Show by Isaiah Leaks
July 20 at 3 PM

Directed by Emily Zemba

Featuring Marcus Callender, Lauren Annunziata, Duane Cooper and Mary Hodges.


Cecil by Josh Tolentino
July 20 at 5 PM

Directed by Lucy Gillespie

Featuring Philippe Bowgen, Winston Duke, Mary C. Davis, Tierney Nolen, Ben Chase, Sylvia Kates, Christopher Gamboa, Siena Teitelbaum and David Zheng. 


For the Tough and Reckless by Crystal Hernandez
July 20 at 7 PM

Directed by Victor Cervantes

Featuring Helen Cespedes, Mary C. Davis, Zdenko Martin, Caroline Kaplan, John Cannon and Lucy Keen.


Cracked Pavements by Leandra Vargas
July 21 at 7 PM

Directed by Jim Tierney

Featuring Sandra Sackey, Cesar Rosado, Derick Sherrier, Danaya Esperanza, Jose Useche, Cole Iturregui-Shirley, Carter Redwood, Zelia Ryan-Young, Ashley Samona Baker and William DeMeritt. 


For tickets email [email protected] or call (212) 727-7722 ext. 222.

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