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Yes Farms, Yes Food: The Farm-to-Table Plays!

May 11-14, 2017
AS220’s Blackbox

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The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) will stage its next performance: May 11-14. Performances will take place at 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, in AS220’s Blackbox at 95 Empire Street in downcity Providence. 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 the creative voices of young people to the stage.

The Farm-to-Table Play Festival is the culminating production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2017 Playmaking program, an afterschool playwriting course held at MAP’s Clubhouse in Olneyville. Ten young playwrights, all 3rd graders, each worked with a dramaturge (grown-up playwriting mentor) to write a new play that explores the theme of local farms and local food. For this project, The Manton Avenue Project partnered with Farm Fresh RI. MAP students took field trips to the Farm Fresh warehouse and to City Farm.

“The Manton Avenue Project is thrilled to be partnering with Farm Fresh RI for the Farm-to-Table Play Festival. This production will be a culmination of an eight-week class for first-time playwrights, ten 3rdgraders from William D’Abate Elementary School in Olneyville. What an incredible way to partner with one of Providence’s greatest organizations and learn about their important work,” says MAP’s Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “I can’t wait to see what our newest playwrights create after learning about the role local farms and farmers play in building a healthier community.”

This is the third production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2016-2017 season as a resident company of AS220. MAP’s season is supported by grants from The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Andrade Faxon Charities for Children, June Rockwell Levy Foundation, a Senate Legislative Grant from the State of Rhode Island, as well as many other individual donors.

Tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door.

Once Upon a Time: The Favorite Book Plays!

March 2-5, 2017
AS220’s Blackbox

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Kids bring their favorite books to life in new play festival

The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) will stage its next production, Once Upon A Time: The Favorite Book Play Festival, March 2-5, 2017. Performances will take place at 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, in the Blackbox at AS220 at 95 Empire Street in downcity Providence. 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 young people living in Olneyville by unleashing their creative voices through playmaking.  Each of MAP’s out-of-school time programs is focused on playwriting education, mentorship, and bringing kids’ plays to the stage.

Once Upon a Time: The Favorite Book Play Festival is the culminating production of The Manton Avenue Project’s PLAY-IT-AGAIN program, an afterschool playwriting course held at MAP’s Clubhouse in Olneyville. Ten 4th and 5th grade playwrights will each write a play based on or inspired by their favorite books and literary characters.  For this project, The Manton Avenue Project partnered with the Rhode Island Center for the Book and the Providence Community Library. The resulting play festival will feature adult actors and be directed by guest artists from various cultural institutions and theatre companies across the city and state.

“The Manton Avenue Project is proud to present The Favorite Book Play Festival! Our Play-it-Again course challenged MAP’s young playwrights to devise plays adapted from their favorite books. We discussed the books that have made the most impact in our lives and visited our community library as a group to rediscover some of those books,” says Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “Each young playwright will create a play that reimagines those stories onstage. 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 2016-2017 season, which is supported by a grant from June Rockwell Levy Foundation, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, The Rhode Island Council on the Humanities, Nordson Corporation Foundation, Providence Rotary Charities Foundation, United Way of Rhode Island, as well as many other individual donors.

Tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door and will be available on Eventbrite.

 

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