Playmaking 2013: Imaginations Gone Wild & Imagination Explosion
"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

Astoria Playmaking ProgramEach 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.

Imaginations Gone Wild – February 12, 2013

The Loyalty of a Pillow by Ashley Coronado (Directed by Harvey Huddleston)
The Puzzle Life of Max and Jackson by William Vera (Directed by Max Gosman)
The Puma and the President by Luis Guaman (Directed by Neal J. Freeman)
The Workout by Jackson Luces (Directed by Nick Abeel)
The Scaredy Cat by Andreea Ibanescu (Directed by Richard Kent Green)
Paranormal Friday: ‘Till Death Do Us Part by Isaiah Addoo (Directed by Ian Campbell Dunn)
A Friendship That You Would Never Believe by Deven Beltre (Directed by Ben Tostado)

Angela Dirksen, Wayne Henry, William Hill, Amanda Johnson, Paul Kite, Gregory Kostal, Brent McBeth, Mary McCarthy, Jenna Panther, Suni Reyes


Imagination Explosion – April 25, 2013

The Breakout by Islam Alami (Directed by Faith Lawson)
A Lion and a Girl by Elsie Tecalero (Directed by Angela Dirksen)
The Rush by Johnny Yang (Directed by Paul Brewster)
The Perfect Gift by Jacob Sierra (Directed by Ian Campbell Dunn)
Friends Forever by Alia Elwasli (Directed by Clare Hammoor)
Dracong and the Mystery of the Ghost by Joel Vasquez (Directed by Neal J. Freeman)
Project Runaway: Have a Little Hope by Annie Yang (Directed by Neal J. Freeman)
The Truth About Shadow by Aliyah Rodriguez (Directed by Robert Gonyo)
The Compromise and the Sacrifice by Salma Flores (Directed by Faith Lawson)
The Love that Never Breaks by Christian Mateo (Directed by Nick Abeel)

Amie Bermowitz, Matt Bradley, Marc Castle, Angela Dirksen, Ian Campbell Dunn, Wayne Henry, Paul Kite, Faith Lawson, Lucy McMichael, Marie Elena O’Brien, Ben Schnickel, CL Weatherstone


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.


Teaching Artist Susan Willerman and the 2012 Astoria Playmaking Students

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