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Vineyard Theatre Presents This Is Not A Dream, Plays from Young Playwrights Ukraine
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 09:49 am EDT 04/12/24

VINEYARD THEATRE
PRESENTS
THIS IS NOT A DREAM

THE FIRST NEW YORK READINGS OF
TEN-MINUTE PLAYS FROM
YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS UKRAINE

WRITTEN BY
ANNA BROVARNA, TAYA FEDORENKO,
ULIANA KLIMCHUK, TANIA KOSTYNIUK,
ASIA PSHENYCHNA, SASHA SEREDA
AND KARINA SYROTA.
DIRECTED BY JODIE MARKELL

MAY 6, 2024 AT 7:00 PM

Vineyard Theatre Artistic Director Sarah Stern and Managing Director Suzanne Appel are proud to present This Is Not A Dream, the first New York reading of seven ten-minute plays from Young Playwrights Ukraine, written during a mentorship project on Zoom with distinguished playwrights Will Arbery, Billy Finnegan, Jessica Goldberg, Daniel Goldfarb, Suzanne Heathcote, Peter Hedges, Jacquelyn Reingold, Kate Robin and Alexis Sheer. The evening will be directed by Jodie Markell (Machinal) and take place at Vineyard Theatre (108 E. 15th Street) on May 6, 2024 at 7:00 pm.

Young Playwrights Ukraine, founded by New York-based writer Laura Cahill, is a company of young writers, actors and directors, aged 16-21, living with war. Many left their homes and are now residing in different parts of Europe and the US; others remain in Ukraine, living with frequent missile attacks. Since 2022 they have met on Zoom twice a week, driven by a mission to tell their stories to the world and to give a voice to those who cannot. These plays were first presented on Zoom on August 20th, 2023, with noted actors including David Harbour, Cherry Jones, Liev Schreiber, Shannon, Harriet Walter and Merritt Wever. The plays will be published by Smith & Kraus in August 2024.

Each of the plays tells the story of people trying to find connection and a little bit of hope during the war. In Proof of Love, a lonely police officer finds hope from two young artists who he suspects are really spies. In Perfect Material , a daughter tries to reconnect with her soldier father. In Superhero, a college student on her way home to Ukraine has breakfast with an ordinary American family. In The Sea, an eccentric old woman is tricked into believing she's crossing the border to swim in the sea for the first time. In Candies, Wedding, Bones, a disconnected young woman collects her grandmother's bones after a missile hits a cemetery. In Ruins, a weary 18-year-old returns to her childhood bedroom and finds her 17-year-old self waiting. And, in The Orchid, a couple tries to stay connected when all they have left is the news on TV and an orchid that might be dead.

Laura Cahill, founder and artistic director of Young Playwrights Ukraine says, "It's been over two years since the war began, and now more than ever people need to see these plays. The young writers give us a glimpse into the lives of their families, friends, and neighbors, and show us what it means to be an ordinary person in a war-torn country. We're thrilled that the Vineyard is giving the writers a chance to share their heartbreaking, funny, hopeful and important plays with the world."

Sarah Stern shares, "We are proud to host these talented, committed young artists at the Vineyard, and to partner with the incredible team from Young Playwrights Ukraine to bring their work to New York audiences. The stories of these young playwrights are as unique as they are, and offer us a window into their lives, experiences, imaginations and creativity since the war in Ukraine began."

This event is free and open to the public. Please reserve tickets at https://vineyardtheatre.org/shows/wip-not-a-dream/

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ABOUT YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS UKRAINE
Young Playwrights Ukraine is a company of young writers, actors, and directors, aged 16-21, living with war. Many have left their homes, now residing in different parts of Europe and the US; others remain in Ukraine, living with frequent missile attacks. They meet on Zoom twice a week, driven by a mission to tell their stories to the world and to give a voice to those who cannot. The plays will be published by Smith & Kraus in August 2024.

Young Playwrights Ukraine was founded by New York-based writer Laura Cahill in the weeks after the war began in February 2022 to write plays on Zoom. Young Playwrights Ukraine has grown to include dozens of professional writers, actors and directors who guide and support the young writers' work.

Their first collection, How Do You Feel Fear? was performed on Zoom in 2022 with actors Cara Buono, Ann Dowd, Kevin Corrigan and David Morse.

How Do You Feel Fear? was produced at Orion Theatre in Stockholm in 2023, directed by Lars Rudolfsson.

ABOUT VINEYARD THEATRE
Under the artistic leadership of Sarah Stern and Douglas Aibel, Vineyard Theatre has nurtured a community of fearless theatremakers whose work has expanded the form, the field, and the larger culture. Vineyard Theatre has transferred 11 shows to Broadway, seven directly after their acclaimed Vineyard premieres: Lucas Hnath's Dana H. and Tina Satter's Is This A Room (both NYT Best Theatre of 2021); Paula Vogel's Indecent; Nicky Silver's The Lyons; Kander, Ebb and Thompson's The Scottsboro Boys; Bell and Bowen's [title of show]; and Avenue Q by Marx, Lopez and Whitty (Tony Award, Best Musical).

In recent years, four additional shows launched at The Vineyard have been revived in their first Broadway productions: Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive; Lanie Robertson's Lady Day At Emerson's Bar and Grill; Becky Mode's Fully Committed; and Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning Three Tall Women.

From our home in NYC's Union Square, The Vineyard develops and premieres new plays and musicals which go on to be seen around the country and the world. Recently, Jeremy O. Harris' play "Daddy" (2019) received its London premiere at the Almeida; Ngozi Anyanwu's Good Grief (2018) and David Cale's Harry Clarke (2017) were recorded by Audible; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Gloria (2014), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, transferred to Chicago's Goodman Theatre; Paula Vogel's Tony Award-winning Indecent (2016) aired on PBS's Great Performances and was one of the most-produced plays nationwide in 2019; Colman Domingo's Dot (2016) is being adapted into an AMC series; and Is This A Room is now HBO's Reality. The Vineyard's first major digital work, Lessons in Survival, was named one of the top theatrical experiences of 2020 by The New York Times and has been viewed by audiences in more than 40 countries, and our recent world-premiere production of John J. Caswell's Scene Partners, starring Dianne Wiest, was live-streamed around the world.

Our work and artists have been honored with numerous awards including Pulitzer Prizes and Tony Awards, and the company is proud to be the recipient of special Drama Desk, Obie, and Lucille Lortel Awards for artistic excellence and support of artists.

Vineyard Theatre's leadership includes Artistic Directors Sarah Stern and Douglas Aibel (on sabbatical 23-24) and Managing Director Suzanne Appel.
This Is Not A Dream
Written by Anna Brovarna, Taya Fedorenko, Uliana Klimchuk, Tania Kostyniuk, Asia Pshenychna, Sasha Sereda and Karina Syrota
Directed by Jodie Markell

May 6, 2024 at 7:00 PM
Vineyard Theatre
108 E. 15th Street
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