The day is finally here!!! The bold young people who have been gathering weekly at Word Up will hold their world premiere and book launch tonight at 7:30pm.
People’s Theatre Project and Seven Stories Institute
present the world premiere of
A theatrical protest piece inspired by the real life experiences of
the local teenage writers/performers
developed and performed by
the “Voices: Our Young People Speak” program actors
facilitated by Paula Gilovich
Only 2 Performances!!
Thursday, March 29 at 7:30pm | Word Up | 4157 Broadway at 176th Street
Saturday, March 31 at 2pm | Morris-Jumel Mansion | 65 Jumel Terrace (Map It)
Both performances will be followed by a book signing of a brand new published anthology of writings from these talented young people.
Please join us in celebrating the hard work and talents of Aderly Diaz Rodriguez, Lizbeth Dominguez, Ja’von Doumbia, Edward Estrella, Fridda Fernandez, Romy Garcia, Elisaura Gomez, Natalio Gonzalez, Regino Ortiz, Zahira Perez, Victor Piña, Matthew Rivera, Gary Sanchez, and D’Armani Wilcher. Word Up is all the richer for having been able to host them these past few months. Not that things will end here! It’s just the beginning . . .
ABOUT THE VOICES PROGRAM
Voices: Our Young People Speak is a 15-session theatre, writing, and social justice after-school program serving 15 local youth ages 12 through 16. The program is pay-what-you-can for the participants. In Voices, students work together to develop, write and perform a theatrical protest piece inspired by the role of changemakers in history as well as their own stories. The program facilitator encourages the participants to find their voice and introduces the young artists to theatre skills, script development, directing, and production. In addition, guest artists serve as mentors for the youth. This exciting program culminates with original performances of their work as well as a book signing of a brand new anthology of their writing published by a local press. Each participant is provided with a writing journal, a copy of Howard Zinn’s book A Young People’s History of the United States, which serves as a source of inspiration to deepen the participants’ understanding of their role as young artists, leaders, and change makers in their community, as well as a copy of the published anthology at the end of the program. During this process, field trips were taken to the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Center and to the Union Square rally for Trayvon Martin.
Voices is supported, in part, by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez; NoMAA Regrant Program, made possible by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation; Word Up community bookshop; The Morris-Jumel Mansion and our generous members and individual donors.