Genre: Kids
Written by D.W. Gregory and Directed by Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas

Cliff’s mission is simple: find his sister and get her away from her mysterious new church. But how do you rescue someone who doesn’t want to be saved?

About the Company: New Plays for Young Audiences

Based in the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New Plays for Young Audiences is an annual summer play development series located in the historic Provincetown Playhouse. Founded in 1998 by Lowell and Nancy Swortzell, NYU’s prize-winning New Plays for Young Audiences has developed over 40 new plays written by leading playwrights for young audiences and families. These plays go on to receive both national and interntaional recognition, publication and production.

Open:   06/16/12
Close:   06/17/12

Saturday, June 16th, at 3pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, June 17th, at 3pm, an audience discussion with the playwright, director, and actors will follow the performance
Theater:   Provincetown Playhouse
Address:   133 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10003
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Cost:Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children, high school students
Buy Tickets Online or Call: NYU Ticket Central at 212-352-3101

D.W. Gregory's plays frequently draw on her blue collar roots, exploring the disconnect between the dream and the reality of working class America. Her most produced play, Radium Girls, is about the watch dial painters poisoned on the job in 1920s New Jersey.  Other plays include Molumby's Million, a comedy about the boxer Jack Dempsey; October 1962, a psychological suspense drama;  the Good Daughter, an epic love story; and the Good Girl Is Gone, a black comedy about abandonment. She is also the author of several one-act plays and a series of works for youth. Her plays have been developed or presented at Theatre of the First Amendment, New Jersey Rep, Geva Theatre, the Lark, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, The Playwrights Center, The Young Vic, the New Harmony Project, Woolly Mammoth, and ShenanArts, among others.

In addition to writing plays, Ms. Gregory is a teaching artist and  founding member of The Playwrights' Gymnasium, a process-oriented workshop in Washington, D.C. A member of the Dramatists Guild, she is also a member of the American Alliance for Theatre in Education and Theater for Young Audiences.


Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas finds work with and for children and young people a director and teaching artist an essential part of her carreer. Directing highlights include: A Broadway Songbook and Fascinating Rhythms, commissioned by the State Department to tour south Asia; Michael Nyman's opera The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat; Jeff Church's adaptation of Abby Mann's A Child is Waiting, featuring professional actors and young people with developmental disabilities which was the subject of a nationally televised documentary. Her favorite Kennedy Center projects include the conception, development, and direction of Walking the Winds: American Tales, a musical composed by Debbie Wicks LaPuma that won a Parent's Choice Award for its CD, Walking the Winds: Arabian Tales, a co- production with the Performing Arts Center of Amman, Jordan; and Kite on the Wind: A Tale of Pakistan, a collaboration with the Pakistani National Council on the Arts. With a MFA in acting and voice from George Washington University, Ms. Lavrakas founded and directed the Theater Training Program for Young People at the Kennedy Center, from 1985- 1996. Moreover, she is co-founding director of New Visions/New Voices, the Center's award-winning new play development program. Highlights of her teaching career include residencies and master classes in Israel, Palestine, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Thailand, and Jordan working with professional actors as well as students.  From 1997-2000, Deirdre worked with the director of the Performing Arts Center in Amman, Jordan, to translate and adapt the Kennedy Center theater training curriculum in order to create the only theatre training program for children and young people in the Arabic Middle East.