Posted by: Official_Press_Release 08:57 pm EDT 09/20/21

New Perspectives Theatre Company

Melody Brooks, Producing Artistic Director presents


October 9, 20 & 29, 2021

(NY, NY) New Perspectives Theatre Company (NPTC) is pleased to announce SAFE SPACE, readings of three new plays under the auspices of the NYC Artist Corps Grant program, hosted by NPTC's Women's Work Project. Presentations are live, in-person on Saturday, October 9, Wednesday,October 20, and Friday, October 29, 2021. All performances are at NPTC Studio, 458 West 37th Street (at 10th Avenue). Admission is free to all events.

The Women's Work Project has been developing and supporting new works by female playrights since 1994. NPTC provides a variety of resources to emerging and mid-career writers including developmental labs, public presentations of readings and productions, and mentoring opportunities to further promote, encourage and educate this community of writers.

The first reading presented on October 9 at 7:00pm is How to Melt ICE (or How the Coyote Fell in Love with the Butterfly who tried to be a Lizard) by Amalia Oliva Rojas. The script is currently in development in the Women's Work Full-length LAB and, through a dynamic blend of magical realism and Mexican mythology, weaves a tale of three sisters whose lives are suddenly upended when their shared secret is revealed to a lover.

Additionally, we're delighted to host two other works by affiliated artists who have also received City Artist Corps grants:

Malini Singh McDonald's Insert Name ("A DNA Exploration") on October 20 at 7:00pmis performed by McDonald with Alexandra de Suze, Elizabeth June and Nicole Jesson and reflects their personal excavation of familial lore and lineage while seeking to better understand their lives through an intergenerational lens. On October 29 at 5:30pm, Anel Carmona's immersive and gripping Green Mist asks the question, "when the world of three different families collide during an inexplicable storm, is a mysterious and unabating green mist the only thing they should be afraid of?" Green Mist is directed by Shellen Lubin.

How to Melt ICE: October 9 @ 7:00pm: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/170236958325
Insert Name ("A DNA Exploration"): October 20 @ 7pm; https://theatrebeyondbroadway.com/insert-name-a-dna-exploration/

Green Mist: October 29 @5:30pm: greenmistplay@gmail.com
Audience members must be fully vaccinated and provide proof upon entry for admission.
Masks are required throughout attendees' time in the space.

Location: All performances at New Perspectives Studio, 458 West 37th Street @10th Avenue

NPTC is an award-winning, multi-racial company performing in the Theatre District, communities throughout NYC and the Northeast U.S. and, as of 2015, internationally. Now in its 30th season, notable productions have included Richard III, starring Austin Pendleton; The Taming of the Shrew (OOBR Award for Excellence); Exhibit #9 by Tracy Scott Wilson (Audelco Award); Jihad, The Play by Ann Chamberlain (OOBR Award for Excellence); Admissions by Tony Velella (10 Best Plays Citation, Backstage); the premiere of The Shaneequa Chronicles by OBIE-Winner Stephanie Berry (with Blackberry Productions); Anatomy of a Love Affair by Deirdre Hollman (Optioned by Essence Entertainment); MOTHER OF GOD! by Michele Miller (Princess Grace Foundation Finalist) and innovative productions of the classics. The Company's mission is to develop and produce new plays and playwrights, especially women and people of color; to present classic plays in a style that addresses contemporary issues and to restore lost female playwrights to the Canon; and to extend the benefits of theatre to young people and communities in need. Our aim is not to exclude but to cast a wider net.

The City Artist Corps Grants program was launched in June 2021 by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), and intends to award more than than 3,000 New York City-based artists a one-time $5,000 grant to engage the public with artist activities across New York City's five boroughs. These grants are intended to support NYC-based working artists who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Artists can use this grant to create new work or phase of a work, or restage preexisting creative activities across any discipline. This program is presented by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), as well as Queen Theatre. Members of the public can participate in the City Artist Corps Grants programming by following the hashtag #CityArtistCorps on social media.

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