RI) 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 3rd graders 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.
For more information,
go to: http://mantonavenueproject.org/mantonave/upcoming