|Girlpower: Survival Of The Fittest
| Open: 08/15/10 Close: 08/26/10 - Robert Moss Theatre
GirlPower: Survival of the Fittest is an empowering, ensemble-driven collection of words written and performed by teenagers, struggling with issues they face growing up in today's world. In deeply personal material based on real interviews and experiences, the young women explore topics such as peer pressure, body image, being an outcast, different, flawed, and full of dreams for the future. They share their perspectives on love, relationships, current events, the future and creating change. Audiences can expect to walk away with a renewed sense of their own empowerment, regardless of age and gender.
GIRLPOWER: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST
created and performed by the Project Girl Performance Collective
directed by Ashley Marinaccio and Jessica Greer Morris
edited by Elizabeth Koke and Lara Gold
assistant directed/stage managed by Katherine Sommer and Alexa Winston
About the Company: The Project Girl Performance Collective
The Project Girl Performance Collecitve empowers young women by creating a safe space to address contemporary social, political and cultural issues through the performing arts and written word. The Project Girl Performance Collective is committed to the idea of theatre and performance as a medium for awareness, action and social change. Visit them online at www.projectgirlperformancecollective.org
About the Company: Co-Op Theatre East
Founded in April of 2008, Co-Op Theatre East (COTE) believes in the power of art to foster a dialogue for social change. COTE provides an entertaining performance forum in which to ask evocative, challenging questions of artists and audiences on our way to creating collaborative answers. For more information, please visit www.cooptheatreeast.org.
|Ten Years Later: |
Voices From The Post-9/11 Generation Speak
| Open: 09/12/11 Close: 09/12/11 - Peter Jay Sharp
“My first view of the Manhattan skyline was without the towers. When I first saw it, I just tried to imagine what it could’ve looked like. It was like putting together a puzzle. I had all the edges set out, some of the inside filled, but there was a bunch of space in the middle. My Manhattan skyline will always be an unfinished puzzle to me.” – Emily Rupp, cast member
Co-Op Theatre East and Project Girl Performance Collective have collaborated to create “Ten Years Later: Voices of the Post-9/11 Generation Speak”, an ensemble devised piece, created by youth between the ages of 9 and 23, exploring the impact of the September 11th terrorist attacks, ten years later. Through monologues, media, and songs developed by the cast, topics explored include questions of terrorism, war, religion, fundamentalism, education, democracy, patriotism, technology, safety, security and what it means to be coming of age in a “post-9/11 society.”
The cast includes Kate Bralower (10, Manhattan), Tiffani-Amber DiGrazia (9, Queens), Samantha Phillips (15, Westchester), Monica Furman (15, Brooklyn), Arianna Hanson (15, Bronx), Hank Chen (23, Washington DC), Nick Wolf (21, New Jersey), Stacey Oliver (18, Connecticut), Deanna Alexandra (16, Long Island), Emily Rupp (21, Brooklyn), Peter Kendall (21, New Jersey), Mariah Adkins (23, Brooklyn), Haleigh Spasjevich (20, Manhattan) and Laura Killeen (23, United Kingdom). It is directed by Ashley Marinaccio and Robert A. K. Gonyo, Artistic Directors of Co-Op Theatre East, Stage Managed by Daniel Mendoza and produced by Jessica Greer Morris, Executive Director of the Project Girl Performance Collective, 9/11 Worker and Chair of the World Trade Center Community Advisory Board (2001-2004).
About Project Girl Performance Collective:
"It was inspiring to see bright, confident young women holding forth onstage" (The New Yorker, September 3, 2010) was the response to the Collective’s most recent show at The Fringe Festival. Project Girl Performance Collective (PGPC) empowers young women by creating a safe space to address contemporary social, political and cultural issues through the performing arts and written word. The Project Girl Performance Collective is committed to the idea of theatre and performance as a medium for awareness, action and social change. www.projectgirlperformancecollective.org