The PROJcast

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Welcome to The 52nd Street Project’s podcast – The PROJcast!

A production of The 52nd Street Project, a non-profit arts education organization working with the children (ages 9 – 18) in Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan. The Project brings kids together with adult artists to create original work for the theater. The PROJcast offers a behind-the-scenes view of the work of the Project as the kids create and explore theater as well as other art forms, such as song, dance, poetry, film, radio and more. Long term-mentoring relationships form the basis of much of the Project’s work, and these episodes will feature reporting, stories, performances and interviews with kids and adults.

EPISODES:

13. Making Change, Published April 22, 2019

Ricardo editing his piece with Ben Moss and Rafe Terrizzi during Radiomaking 2018.

Lynne & Sarah on a Smart Partner adventure.

Kiara & Jarrett Murray in Songmaking 2018.

“You can’t really expect the world to change by itself … only a person of power can do that. So, I think that the first step is to gain recognition and show people what good can do.” Sarah, age 11

Three different pieces exploring the theme of change – a Radiomaking play by Ricardo; an interview between Smart Partners Sarah & Lynne Marie Rosenberg; and a song with lyrics by Kiara, from our Songmaking concert last November.

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The Members: Ricardo, Sarah, & Kiara.

Project Volunteers: Arielle Goldman, Ben Moss (Instagram & Twitter: @benkmoss), Jarrett Murray (Social Media: JarrettMurrayMusic), Nadia Quinn (Social Media: @nadiaquinn), Lynne Marie Rosenberg (Twitter: @lynnerosenberg, Facebook & Instagram: @lynnemarierosenberg), & Rafe Terrizzi (Instagram: @randywaif).

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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12. Spring Back (Playmaking), Published March 20, 2019

Karen in Playmaking Spring 2014

 

Wren Schmidt as the tv and Greg Hildreth as the wall outlet in Karen’s THE COMMOTION, Spring Playmaking 2014.

 

Ayah in Playmaking Spring 2019

 

Meredith Garretson & Jennifer Ikeda in ACCEPTION by Ayah

 

Antonella in Playmaking Spring 2019

 

Roma Maffia as Banana & Nick Mills as Nicky in Antonella’s THE ABUSED CHILD TURNS TO PRINCESS

“I’m kind of shocked that I wrote this. I’m like, ‘Wow! This is your prime.’” Karen, age 16

Project teen Karen revisits her first experience in Playmaking with one of her actors, Greg Hildreth. Then a couple of our newest Playmakers, Ayah & Antonella, share what their plays are about and what what inspired them. Drawn from our Behind the Pencil interviews, these two playwrights are having their NYC debut in OUT OF THE BLUE, Mar. 24 – 24 at The Project’s Five Angels Theater.

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The Members: Karen, Ayah, & Antonella.

Project Volunteer: Greg Hildreth (Soc. Media: @greg_hildreth)

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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11. In It to Twin It, Published November 30, 2018

Laila, age 11, author of DARKNESS MEETS KINDNESS

 

Angelica Toledo & Marisa Kennedy in DARKNESS MEETS KINDNESS by Laila, age 11. Directed by Kimiye Corwin, music by Avi A. Amon

Frankie, age 11, author of NEVER GIVE UP

Geoffrey Cantor, Alex J. Gould, & Joshua David Robinson in NEVER GIVE UP, by Frankie, age 11. Directed by Nolan Duran, music by Avi A. Amon.

“My dad and my mom wanted us to go to 52nd Street Project because they wanted us to get entertained and they wanted us to have fun, instead being home.” Frankie, age 11

A couple of our newest Playmakers, twins Laila & Frankie, share what their plays are about and what they see for themselves in the future at The 52nd Street Project. Drawn from our Behind the Pencil interviews, these two playwrights are having their NYC debut in HEAD IN THE CLOUDS, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 at The Project’s Five Angels Theater

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The Members: Laila, & Frankie

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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10. Flights of Fancy, Published November 15, 2018

Coleman, at age 10

 

GUMMY ENGLAND recording with Billy Crudup, Ben Mehl, Patrick Barnes, & John Sheehy. Photo credit (and voice of narrator): George Babiak.

 

Billy Crudup & Ben Mehl in GUMMY ENGLAND by Coleman. Original production photo: Winston Rodney

 

John Sheehy, Billy Crudup, & Ben Mehl in GUMMY ENGLAND by Coleman. Original production photo: Winston Rodney

 

Hannah introducing her song SPACE at our Gala, May 2018. Original event photo: Winston Rodney

 

Korey Jackson & Gizell Jimenez perform SPACE at our Gala, May 2018. Original event photo: Winston Rodney

“Now, I think that 10 year olds are small and weird … but if I’m 18, and I hear this … I’ll probably think I’m small and weird.” – Coleman, age 14

A radio play version of GUMMY ENGLAND, an interview with its author Coleman, and a performance of a Songmaking song, SPACE, from our May 2018, gala.

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The Members: Coleman, & Hannah

The Adults: Billy Crudup, Ben Mehl (web: benmehl.com), Patrick Barnes, Alanya Bridge, Korey Jackson, Gizel Jimenez, Avi Amon (web: aviamon.com, Instagram: @aviamon), Doug Derryberry, & Chris Schultz

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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09. Secrets of Hell’s Kitchen, Published November 1, 2018

Smart Partners Joanna & Nicole pre-interview March 2018.

 

Joanna & Nicole prepared for Halloween 2018.

 

Ryan introducing his song JUMP OFF, at the Project gala, May 2018

 

Jin Ha, performing JUMP OFF at the gala 2018, backed by Avi Amon, Doug Derryberry, & Chris Schultz

 

Ryan & Jin taking a bow at A BUNCH OF BANANAS, our gala 2018

“I really love Hell’s Kitchen. I feel like, if I really HAD to change something … I don’t even know. I don’t think I would change anything.” – Nicole, age 13

A Smart Partner interview about life in Hell’s Kitchen, and a song about conquering your fears on a zipline.

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The Members: Nicole, Ryan

The Adults: Joanna Parson (web: joannaparson.com, Twitter: @jtparson), Avi Amon (web: aviamon.com, Instagram: @aviamon), Bryan Blaskie, Doug Derryberry, Jin Ha (Instagram: @ mistterjin), Chris Schultz.

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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08. Thank You for Clicking & Being Brave Enough, Published October 17, 2018

“Her screams echoed the woods…” – Kaitlin, age 18

Two creepy, crawly stories from our Radiomaking program, featuring a not-so-evil vampire and a not-so-ordinary girl in the town of Plainsfield…listen…if you dare…

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The Members: Kaitlin, Daniel

The Adults: Annabelle Cousins (web: annabellecousins.com), Michael Propster (web: michaelpropster.com. Instagram & Twitter: @michaelpropster), Grace Fojtik (web: gracefojtik.com, Instagram: @gracefojtik), Joanna Parson (web: joannaparson.com, Twitter: @jtparson), Avi Amon (web: aviamon.com, Instagram: @aviamon)

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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07. Sister, Sister, Published October 1, 2018

 

Smart Partners Eliza & Thiana

I would love to have a lot of siblings, but I can’t even deal with my own sister.” – Thiana, age 10

It’s a family affair! Sisters Tatianna & Thiana chat with their Smart Partners about family, travel, and being a member of The 52nd Street Project. Plus, a totally real and actual commercial for a completely imaginary movie.

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The Members: Tatianna, Sevan, and Thiana

The Adults: Krystel Lucas (web: flordelizperez.com), Sean Kenealy (web: aviamon.com; Instagram: @aviamon), and Eliza Huberth

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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06. Real Stories from Real People, Published September 15, 2018

“He went from a gangster to a hamster.” – Jasmine, age 18

Project alum and current staff member Jasmine interviews her dad about his experience as a young man in prison. Listener discretion is advised.

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The Alum: Jasmine

The Adults: Flor de Liz Perez (web: flordelizperez.com), Avi Amon (web: aviamon.com; Instagram: @aviamon), and Jasmine’s dad.The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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05. Back to School, Published September 1, 2018

“I was just wondering: for what reason do you send me to school?” – Ricardo, age 16

Grab your backpacks, we’re going back to school! A Smart Partner conversation about going to college, and two short original pieces about high school.

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The Kids: Kaitlin, Ricardo, Jasmine

The Adults: Eliza Baldi, Rafe Terrizzi (Instagram: @randywaif), Ben Moss (Instagram & Twitter: @benkmoss), Flor de Liz Perez (web: flordelizperez.com), Avi Amon (web: aviamon.com; Instagram: @aviamon)

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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Mini #5 – April Fooling, Published April 1, 2018

 

“And it’s kinda really fun cuz writing your own plays…actually kinda feeling like you’re in a Broadway show.” – Kassandra, age 9

A mini-episode featuring some of our newest members, plus a song about a magical doll.

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The Kids:Kassandra, Christian, Nikolai, Ricardo

The Adults: Wes Braver (composer; Web: wesbraver.com; Social: @wesbraver), Andy Danh (vocalist; Web: andydanh.com, Social: @en_dedans), Doug Derryberry (guitar), Jon Epcar (percussion; Web: jonepcar.org), Kimberly Grigsby (music director/keyboards), Backing vocals: Emily Afton & Trey Ellett.

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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Mini #4 – Veggies, Published March 15 ,2018

 

“I honestly thought that it was meat, but then flashback to reality – we were trying vegetables.” – Bryanna, age 12

In the second part of her food adventure, Bryanna tries vegetables.

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The Kids: Aaron, Bryanna, Kassandra

The Adults: Alexandra O’Daly (www.alexandraodaly.com)

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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04. Mmmmmm! (Food), Published March 1 ,2018

“It tastes crumby. Not like bad crummy, like food crumby.” – Bryanna, age 12

A picky eater tries new foods with her Smart Partner. Plus, a Playmaking play featuring a food fight, and a song about a very hungry tree.

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The Kids: Ayman, Tatianna, Bryanna, Emmanuel, Sabrina

The Adults: Krystal Lucas, Alexandra O’Daly (www.alexandraodaly.com), David Shih (www.davidshih.net), Kareem Lucas (www.kareemmlucas.com, Instagram:@KareemMLucas), Taylor Trensch, Danny Ursetti

Music for this episode by Avi Amon (www.aviamon.com, Instagram: @aviamon)

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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Mini #3 – Britney & January – February 15, 2018

 

“Any little thing that you say makes me laugh…and I don’t find that many people funny.” – Britney, age 18

Smart Partners Britney & Flor chat about roller coasters, dancing, and Britney’s departure for college.

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The Kids: Britney

The Adults: Flor de Liz Perez (www.flordelizperez.com)

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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03. It Takes Two (Smart Partners) – February 1, 2018

“I think I asked her like, almost, probably, every day…like when could I get a Smart Partner.” – Chayse, age 17

Let’s take a closer look at Smart Partner mentorships at The Project!

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The Kids: Chayse, Britney, Sevan, Lovely, Valeria

The Adults: Korey Jackson, Flor De Liz Perez (www.flordellizperez.com), Sean Kenealy, Therese Barbato (www.thatswhatshesaidpod.com), Mikhaela Mahoney

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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Mini #2 – More Stories! – January 16, 2018

“It’s 3:42, June 16th, in the front of Dunkin’ Donuts…” – Jayleen, age 12

Three more stories told by Project members in our Storytelling program.

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The Kids: Rodery, Jayleen, Natasha

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March, and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

 

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02. Lemme Tell Ya (Storytelling) – January 2, 2018

“For me, the hardest part was picking one of my many fabulous stories.” – Jayla, age 14

A collection of short, personal stories told by Project members in our Storytelling program.

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The Kids: Jayla, Beyonce, Milen, Thiana, Nicole, Brandon

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March, and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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Mini #1 – Lakshmi & January – December 13, 2017

“In the beginning, I was like, oh my god, what is my play gonna be about?” – Lakshmi, age 13

“When we go on the trips and get to spend time with everyone, and they take away your phone, that’s the best part…I totally forgot I had a phone.” – Lakshmi, age 13

We hear more from Smart Partners Lakshmi & January about their experience with Playmaking.

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The Kids: Lakshmi

The Adults: January Lavoy (Twitter: @justjanuary)

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March, and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson.

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01. The Write Stuff (Playmaking) – December 1, 2017

41 mins. Released on Dec. 1, 2017 – “I remember writing the play and how agonizing it was.” – Emmanuel, age 13

Kids and adults take a look at The 52nd Street Project’s signature program: Playmaking!

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The Kids: Karen, Emmanuel, Gianna, Jayden, Nyla, Amari, Ethan, Lakshmi, Rosneyri

The Adults: Tim J. Lord (timjlord.wordpress.com; Twitter: @TimJLord), Frankie J. Alvarez, January Lavoy (Twitter: @justjanuary), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Twitter & Instagram: @celiekb), Rachel Dean (Twitter: @rachelmakesmusic)

The PROJcast theme song is written by Justin & Eric March, and performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).

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00. Welcome To Our Show! – November 17, 2017

4 mins. Released Nov. 17, 2017 – The 52nd Street Project is creating a new monthly podcast (with bonus episodes in between) called The PROJcast.

You’ll hear all kinds of content. Stories, interviews, songs, poems, radio journalism, commercial spoofs, and more. All of it by and about the kids and adults participating in the Project. This teaser is a sampling of what you’ll find on our show.

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