Playmaking 2008: Play-Apalooza & Imaginations Came Come True
"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

Astoria Playmaking Program

Each year students from Horace Greeley Intermediate School (IS 10) participate in an after school program where they learn to write their own plays.

These young playwrights then see their original works brought to life by professional actors and directors in a evening of staged readings. Each young playwright sees their work performed for the very first time while sitting in a big “Writer’s Chair” onstage.

It’s great fun and inspiring to see these kids find a new way to express themselves creatively.

Play-Apalooza – February 13, 2008

Give That Back by Nicole Hassan (Directed by Tom Wojtunik)
The Pain of a Rock Star by Jamie E. Alvarado (Directed by Taryn Kennedy)
Untitled by Shelly Cruz (Directed by Justin Birdsong)
I Love You Dead or Alive by Vanessa Mendes (Directed by Taryn Kennedy)
You Can’t Have Her, You’re Just an Animal by Destiny Morrero (Directed by Justin Birdsong)
The Day of the Ceremony by Mark Avila (Directed by Brian Swasey)
Who Should I Choose? by Krystal Ebony Santana (Directed by Brian Swasey)
Can We Be Friends? by Chyna Zurich (Directed by Taryn Drongowski)

FEATURING
Justin Birdsong, Michelle Doucet, Ryan Dietz, Brian Douglas, Emily Edgerton, Stephanie Hatfield, John Koprowski, Amanda McDonald, Alex Pappas, Julie Rees, Michael Short, Richard Vernon, Stephanie Wilberding

 

Imaginations Can Come True – April 2, 2008

Lesson Learned by Laura Serna Rico (Directed by Tommy Labanaris)
There For Nothing by Carolina Montano (Directed by Tommy Labanaris)
Friendship by Maria Nicole Leodis (Directed by Alex Pappas)
No One Around To Play With… by Amanda Malfitano (Directed by John Koprowski)
Space Adventures by Alexander Ahmann (Directed by Barri Tsavaris)
I’m Imagining This by Sabrina Aguilar (Directed by Edgar Weinstock)
Lonely Jeff by Deynelly Orellana (Directed by Alex Kranz)
Friends That Became Enemies by Carla Marfe (Directed by Alex Kranz)
Freezing Love by Siera Martinez (Directed by Justin Birdsong)

FEATURING: Andy Allis, Justin Birdsong, Katherine Blanchard, Brian Douglas, Emily Edgerton, Richard Kent Green, Stephanie Hatfield, John Koprowski, David Levin, Amanda McDonald, Caroline McGraw, Gregg Moss, Catia Ojeda, Alex Pappas, Alyssa Simon, Katie Tackett, Barri Tsavaris, Edgar Weinstock

 

PLAYMAKING TEACHER: Susan Willerman
PLAYMAKING ASSISTANT: Alex Pappas
PLAYMAKING COORDINATOR & PRODUCER: Cristina Sussman

APAC’s Playmaking Program has been adapted from and inspired by Daniel Judah Sklar’s book PLAYMAKING: Children Writing and Performing Their Own Plays.

Sponsored by Council Member Peter Vallone Jr. and the Cultural After School Adventures (CASA) Program, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

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