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 “New collaborative play about work and labor written by 5th and 6th grade MAP playwrights”

February 1, 2016

(Providence, RI) The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) will stage its next performance: WORK IT OUT: The work and labor play, March 10-13, 2016. 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. 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.

WORK IT OUT: the work and labor play is the culminating performance of The Manton Avenue Project’s TAG TEAM program, an afterschool playwriting course held at MAP’s Clubhouse in Olneyville. Nine young playwrights, 5th graders and 6th graders, will collaborate on a play about work.  For this project, The Manton Avenue Project partnered with the Coggeshall Museum, The Steel Yard, and the Museum of Work and Culture. The playwrights have been learning and discussing the history of work and labor in Rhode Island, and in their own families. The resulting production will be directed by MAP’s executive artistic director Meg Sullivan, and star local adult theatre artists Bobby Casey, Jess Halpin, Jeff Hodge, Nicole Maynard, Kelly Seigh, and Rodney Witherspoon.

“The Manton Avenue Project is proud to present WORK IT OUT: the work and labor play! The title alludes to the theme, but also to the process, which is collaborative, and involves a team effort of devising one play together. This production will be a culmination of an enriching afterschool class, where we discussed our own family work histories and learned about the important history of labor in Olneyville and Rhode Island as a whole,” says Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “As a team, the class is coming up with the story and the characters, and each child will write one scene in a longer play that deals with labor, how work creates meaning in our lives, and the dreams of a better life that brought many immigrants looking for work to the Ocean State. 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 is the second production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2015-2016 season, which is supported by a grant from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Andrade Faxon Charities for Children, Ocean State Charities Trust, June Rockwell Levy Foundation, 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 more information, go to: http://mantonavenueproject.org/mantonave/upcoming


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