Play Grounds: Theater On Site

Three Outdoor Locations, Three 15-minute Plays

May 7 & 8, 2016

This is the fourth time the project has been a Featured Stop during Lancaster ArtWalk in Lancaster City and it will be performed twice on Saturday, May 7 and once on Sunday, May 8.  The plays will be performed at the intersection of Grant and Christian Streets, Lenox Lane and the rooftop space at Tellus360.

The plays have been written specifically for their respective performance locations and feature area theater artists. While outdoor theater is nothing new to Lancaster, this format is unique on the Lancaster theater scene.

We are especially excited about the participation of members of Paloma Players: Lancaster Latino Theater, a bilingual theater group which has received acclaim for grappling with issues facing the Latino community in Lancaster and the United States.

Each performance of the set of plays will begin at 128 E. Grant Street and the audience will led by a traveling musician to the subsequent sites. The plays are free and open to the public.

Performance times:

Saturday, May 7 @ 1 pm and 3 pm          

Sunday, May 8 @ 1 pm

Locations and Plays:

128 E. Grant (@Cherry Street)

The Portal

Playwright: Susan Lange, Director: Joel Lesher, Actors: Georgiana Staley, Paul Hughes, Chris Fogel, Libby Casey

Lenox Lane, West of the County Courthouse

Entre Actos

Written, directed and featuring Paloma Players

Tellus360, 24 E King Street, rooftop

Coffee Date

Playwright: Kristin Miller, Director: Joanna Underhill,  Actors: Erin Brubaker,  Libby Casey

Facing Our Truth – Spring Reading Series

Creative Works of Lancaster continues its spring reading series with Facing Our Truth: 10 Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege by A. Rey Pamatmat, Dan O’Brien, Dominique Morisseau, Mona Mansour, Winter Miller, Marcus Gardley, Tala Manassah, Quetzal Flores, to be performed Wednesday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in New College House at Franklin & Marshall College. A moderated discussion will follow the reading, and admission will be by donation to M-Uth Theatre.

Facing Our Truth is a collection of six short plays commissioned by the New Black Fest in Brooklyn after the George Zimmerman verdict. The plays, varied in their content and written by a diverse group of contemporary playwrights, were inspired by Trayvon Martin’s case.

The readings will be directed by Nelly Torres, Ismail Smith, Joanna Underhill, and Lydia Brubaker and will feature actors Starleisha Gingrich, Jarid Heard, Stephen Gates, Isiah Hunter, London Bailey, Chris Fogel, Blessing Robinson, Chris Silansky, Emily Hofstaedter, Lily Eder, Christopher Roche, Donavan Evans, Georgiana Staley, Rita Clarke, Libby Casey, and Gary Miller. The event is co-sponsored by the J. Morales Group, the Bonchek, Brooks, New, Ware, and Weis College Houses at Franklin & Marshall College, the Franklin & Marshall College Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, and the Africana Studies Program and the History Department at Franklin & Marshall College.

New College House Commons is located next to the entrance to the Williamson Parking Lot, across the street from Iron Hill Brewery at 781 Harrisburg Avenue. Visitors may park in Williamson Parking Lot (H) or in the lots across Harrisburg Avenue.

The final reading in this series will be In the Bloodby Suzan-Lori Parks, to be performed April 19th.

Spring Reading Series: Spinning Into Butter

Inspired by current events across the country, #FergusonSyllabus, and #BlackLivesMatter, Creative Works presents a series of play readings and discussions on race in America, bias, and political correctness. A discussion, facilitated by Joe Morales, will follow each play in the series, and admission will be by donation to a local charitable organization.

The first in this series will be Spinning Into Butter by Rebecca Gilman, and it will be performed Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Brooks College House Commons at Franklin & Marshall College. The play, set on the campus of a small college in Vermont, examines racism, mistrust, and misunderstanding and raises questions about political correctness, hypocrisy, and the value of good intentions.

The reading feature actors Chris Fogel, Paul Hughes, Isiah Hunter, Georgiana Staley, Elliot Sterenfeld, Joanna Underhill, and Chet Williamson. The event is co-sponsored by the J. Morales Group, the Bonchek, Brooks, New, Ware, and Weis College Houses at Franklin & Marshall College, the Franklin & Marshall College Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, and the Africana Studies Program and the History Department at Franklin & Marshall College.

Brooks College House Commons is located in Marshall-Buchanan Hall (F&M Building #29), which is accessible from the College’s entrance at the intersection of Race Avenue and West Frederick Street. Visitors may park in designated spaces in the Marshall-Buchanan Lot off of Race Avenue. Street parking is also available on Race Avenue. (Please see the campus map: http://www.fandm.edu/map?show=marshall-buchanan-hall.)

Subsequent readings in this series are Facing Our Truth: 10 Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege by A. Rey Pamatmat, Dan O’Brien, Dominique Morisseau, Mona Mansour, Winter Miller, Marcus Gardley, Tala Manassah, Quetzal Flores, to be performed March 23rd, and In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks, to be performed April 19th. Email joanna@creativelancaster.org for more information, or visit www.creativelancaster.org.

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