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For Immediate Release: November 8th, 2015

“New plays by kids, performed by adults, about Narragansett Bay!”

(Providence, RI) The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) will stage its next performance: “INTO THE DEEP: The Narragansett Bay Plays!” December 3-6, 2015. Performances will take place at 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, in the Blackbox at AS220 on Empire Street downtown. This is their first production as a 2015 Residency company at AS220. There will be a talkback following the Sunday performance. The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) is a non-profit organization that unites children living in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood with local theater professionals to create original plays together. The Manton Avenue Project’s mission is to nurture the unique potential of kids living in Olneyville through playmaking. Each of MAP’s out-of-school time programs is focused on playwriting education, mentorship, and bringing kids’ creative voices to the stage.

“INTO THE DEEP: The Narragansett Bay Plays ” is the culminating performance of The Manton Avenue Project’s Play-it-Again program, an afterschool playwriting class held at MAP’s Clubhouse in Olneyville. Ten young playwrights, 4th graders at William D’Abate elementary, have each written a play about the Bay. For this project, The Manton Avenue Project partnered with the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission and Save the Bay. The playwrights learned about the human history of the bay and the creatures that reside in its depths. The resulting production will be directed, designed, and performed by the wonderful talents of local adult theatre artists. The twist in this production? A different “cameo” character makes an appearance in each play, played by local actor Lisa Kerr.

“The Manton Avenue Project is proud to present INTO THE DEEP: The Narragansett Bay Plays”! This production will be a culmination of an enriching afterschool class, where we learned about the bay, even ventured out onto the bay on the Save the Bay boat, and were visited by Historian Sarah Zurier to learn about what makes our bay unique and important. Each child has written a play that takes place at the Bay,” says Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “Our goal is to show young people in Olneyville the value of their voices and, through our ongoing and tuition-free playwriting programs, help them reach their full potential as creative thinkers and community leaders.”

This program supported by a 2015 mini-grant from The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This is the first production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2015-2016 season, which is also supported by a grant from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, a Senate Legislative Grant from the State of Rhode Island, Providence Rotary Charities Foundation, as well as many other individual donors.

Tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door. For reservations, visit: (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/map-presents-into-the-deep-the-narragansett-bay-plays-tickets-19362661241) or go to: www.mantonavenueproject.org/mantonave/events

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