Playmaking 2010: Awesome Stories & Shocking Adventures
"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.

Awesome Stories by Kids – February 24, 2010

The Purple Rose by Aliaa Abouelazem (Directed by Awoye Timpo)
Best Friends, No More by Sara Menke (Directed by Nick Coleman)
The Scary Path by Aldina Hunjic (Directed by Johnny Culver)
Sad Time by Shavaz Husain (Directed by Jordana Williams)
Petro & Ruckess’s Historical Moments by Anthony Pippis (Directed by Dominic D’Andrea)
A Girl and Her Dog Fighting to be a Celebrity by Jessica Valladares (Directed by David Alpert)
Struggling Through Life by Nurjahan Aktar (Directed by Jacob Patorti)
Struggling With Family by Valentina Sifontes (Directed by Richard Kent Green)
Disaster Turns Into Dignified Science Fair by Jennifer Luu (Directed by Maurisa Charest)

Andrew Boyd, Nathan Brisby, Maurisa Charest, Jennifer Ettinger, Lexi Feinberg, Stacy Fuller, Richard Kent Green, Luke Hancock, Jason Hare, Stephanie Hatfield, Amanda Johnson, Jennie Kilcullen, Greg Kostal, Joe Lattanzi, Carey MacLaren, Amanda Kay McDonald, Kimberly Page, Alex Pappas, Raven Pease, Kimberly Pettijohn, Alma Rivera, Ben Schnickel, Melissa Teitel, Brian Voelker, Ron Voz, Edgar Weinstock, Sean Williams


Shocking Adventures – April 21, 2010

Tyson’s Court Trouble by Tynazia McAllister (Directed by Richard Kent Green)
Lucy’s American Adventure by Madeline Farrell (Directed by Maurisa Charest)
Problems With No Solution by Kevin Vazones (Directed by Julia Bentz)
Jail Mates by Danzeng Yundan (Directed by David Michael Brown)
Shooting Friendship by Jennifer Luu (Directed by David Sheridan)
Danny’s Change 2: His First Day or Last by Yusef Williams (Directed by Maurisa Charest)
Facing Fear by Christian Garcia (Directed by Jordana Williams)

Julia Bentz, David Michael Brown, Dave Charest, Maurisa Charest, Lexi Feinberg, Ken Garfield, Richard Kent Green, Emily Hartford, Marcie Henderson, Ami Jhaveri, Alexandra Krasnovsky, Farrah Olieri, Jon Riddleberger, Ben Schnickel, David Sheridan, Edgar Weinstock, Sean Williams

PRODUCER: Paul Brewster

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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