Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Cherry Lane Mentor Project Announces...Mentees

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Cherry Lane Theatre's Highly Acclaimed Playwright Development Series
Mentor Project 2008

Cherry Lane Theatre is proud to present the 10th year anniversary of the acclaimed Mentor Project with the announcement of this year's Finalists and Mentors for Mentor Project 2008 as follows: Mentor Michael Weller chose Deirdre O'Connor and her play Jailbait; Mentor Gretchen Cryer chose Gregory Keller and his play The Young Left; And Mentor Charles Fuller chose Samuel Brett Williams and his play The Woodpecker.

The announcement was made on Monday, December 3rd, 2007. The announcement and reception was held at the Cherry Lane Theatre located at 38 Commerce Street off of 7th Ave. For more information, visit www.cherrylanetheatre.org.

Mentor Project 1 - THE WOODPECKER By Samuel Brett Williams, Mentored by Charles Fuller is a tale of two worlds: the small town of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and the grim reality of an all too familiar military prison. It's Jimmy's last day before going to war. He's addicted to glue, his mom is seeing visions of the sweet potato casserole, and his wheelchair-bound dad can kick his ass. He turns to God for answers, and finds…an Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. Playwright Samuel Brett Williams explores family, faith and freedom in a dark comedy that blurs the lines between black and white and right and wrong. First reading, January 7th at 7 PM; showcase production: March 25th – April 5th, 2008

Mentor Project 2: THE YOUNG LEFT By Greg Keller, Mentored by Gretchen Cryer is about the story of Ben and Jonah who have been friends since they were little. Jonah wants to move to a more progressive community and live his beliefs. Ben is concerned. Mandy wants to marry Ben. Jill is Jonah's girlfriend, but also Troy's girlfriend. Troy wants to change the world. Melody isn't sure what she wants, but is a pretty good dancer. The Young Left is about love, melancholy, politics, getting old-ish, and why our friends' decisions make us anxious. First reading, January 14th at 7 PM; showcase production: April 15th- 26th, 2008

Mentor Project 3: JAILBAIT By Deirdre O'Connor, Mentored by Michael Weller is the story of two fifteen year old girls who spend a night at a Boston club posing as college students. When the girls cross paths with two thirty-something men they must decide how far they are willing to go while playing at adulthood. First reading, January 28th at 7 PM; showcase production: May 6th – 17th, 2008

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