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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:

36. Radiologues; Published April 16, 2021

“You have to admit that you’re different, as well. Can we be different together and make music?” – Jai-Lyzz, age 11.

The premiere of a new program at The 52nd Street Project. We brought four young members together with adult volunteers and tasked them with creating a monologue for audio. The young people worked on the scripts, the sound-scaping and editing. Some even perform themselves.

Also, our virtual gala is coming up. Hosted by Nancy Giles, starting May 3rd, we’ll release new music videos of songs with lyrics by Project members, composed and performed by adults. Visit www.52projectHiddenGemsGala.org

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Project Members: Aiden, Alex, Gavin, & Jai-Lyzz.

Adult Volunteers: Lauren Taylor Berkman, Sam Dash, Cody LeRoy Wilson, & Sophia Zukowski

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

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Portrait of Aiden

Radiologuer Aiden

Portrait of Alex

Radiologuer Alex

Portrait of Gavin

Radiologuer Gavin

Portrait of Jai-Lyzz

Radiologuer Jai-Lyzz

 

35. The Writers of SMOKE & MIRRORS, Part II; Published March 17, 2021

“It’s really cool to come here because you get to let out your feelings after school.” – Khailey, age 9.

It’s time for the other half of our latest Playmaking production SMOKE & MIRRORS, The Tricky Plays, Part II. Here are five more the Behind the Pencil interviews with our most recent Playmakers ahead of the live stream of their production, Thursday, March 25, 7PM. (For the interviews and information about Part I see episode #32.)

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Project Members: Edgar, Khailey, Kylie, Matthew, & Olive.

Original music for the episode by Patrick Barnes.

Free reservations for the Live Stream of SMOKE & MIRRORS, The Tricky Plays, Part II on Thursday, March 25, 2021 7PM ET are available at https://52project.secure.force.com/ticket

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

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Portrait of Edgar

Playwright Edgar

 

Portrait of Khailey

Playwright Khailey

 

Portrait of Kylie

Playwright Kylie

 

Portrait of Matthew

Playwright Matthew

 

Portrait of Olive

Playwright Olive

34. The Teens of ME & U.; Published February 18, 2021

“I’m less bored than I used to be. Because in middle school, I would tell myself I was bored 24/7. I’ve only been bored one day this whole year because I stopped telling myself, ‘I’m bored.’” – Darby, age 16

The Teen Ensemble is putting together one of their last productions (ME & U., The Teen One-Acts, Streaming 2/25, 7PM). So, we sat down with them virtually to look back on their careers with the Project and to find out what wisdom they’ve picked up along the way. To reserve your spot for the show visit: https://52project.secure.force.com/ticket

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Project Members: Darby, Lakshmi, Lauren, Magalis, & Nicole.

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

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Zoom photos of Teen Ensemble

Teen Ensemble Members Lakshmi, Magalis, Nicole, Lauren, & Darby.

 

33. Escape the Drama (Songmaking Songs); Published February 5, 2021

“I want to be who I am. I want to be free, free, free. I just want to be free.” – Antonella, age 11

Three more songs from our Songmaking concert, back in November, 2019. Songmaking teaches the kids about the art of writing songs as they collaborate with with graduate students from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Musical Theater Writing Program

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Project Members: Andrew, Antonella, & Ayah.

Project Volunteers: Lydia Breckon, Angel Desai (Instagram: @angelkdesai), Sean Eads, Samy Figaredo (Twitter & Instagram: @samyfigs), Stephen Stocking, & Enzo Vega.

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

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Lyricist Ayah & Composer Enzo Veiga

Songmaking lyricist Ayah & and her collaborator Enzo Veiga

 

Angel Desai Songmaking 2019

Angel Desai singing Playground Drama

 

Andre Songmaking 2019

Songmaking lyricist Andrew

 

Stephen Stocking Songmaking 2019

Stephen Stocking singing Endgame

 

Songmaking lyricist, Antonella.

 

Samy Figaredo Songmaking 2019

Samy Figaredo singing Maya is Trans

 

32. The Writers of SMOKE & MIRRORS, Part I; Published January 15, 2021

“It’s okay to speak up for yourself … even if you’re going through some stuff.” – Faith, age 10

When we had to suspend operations in March 2020, we were about to premiere our latest Playmaking production. Now, those plays will be presented on Zoom in a two part production, with Part I on Thursday, January 28, 7PM. This episode features four of our young playwrights reflecting on their experiences and inspirations in creating SMOKE & MIRRORS, The Tricky Plays, Part I.

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Project Members: Faith, Gavin, Jessica, & Mason.

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31. Family, Late Nights, & Baking; Published January 6, 2021

“Mixin’ it, riskin’ it, creatin’ it!” Ayah, age 10

We’re showcasing three performances from the November 2019 Songmaking concert, Take It From the Top. Also, the Project’s newest Playmaking production, SMOKE & MIRRORS, goes virtual on live stream Thursday, January 28, 7PM. Visit https://52project.secure.force.com/ticket/ for a reservation – it’s free.

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Project Members: Ayah, Crismell, & Jayden

Project Volunteers: Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson), Pablo Concha, Alex Fernandez (Social: @Alexandertfernandez), Ronald Peet, Vanessa Isabel Porras (Web: vanessaisabeporras.com; Instagram: @_vanessaporras), Nathan Riebli, & Enzo Veiga.

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30. Karen Looks for the Truth, Published October 13, 2020

“I don’t think it’s impossible to heal yourself from that trauma, and take that good stuff that you learned and continue on.” Ariel Estrada, Actor, Project volunteer

In the final episode of our mini-series of Radiomaking stories created during the Coronavirus Quarantine, Karen interviews actor, Project volunteer Ariel Estrada about his time in a Martial Arts cult, and how he came through that experience.

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Project Member: Karen

Project Volunteers: Ariel Estrada, Jarrett Murray, & Kerry Warren.

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

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Kerry & Karen

29. Chyanne Talks Mental Health, Published September 21, 2020

“What is some advice you can offer people during Covid-19?” Chyanne, age 18

In the third of our series of Radiomaking stories created during the Coronavirus Quarantine, Chyanne interviews clinical psychologist Dr. Ernesto Lira de la Rosa about career options in the mental health profession and tips for self-care.

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Project Member: Chyanne

Project Volunteers: Ashley Marie Ortiz & David Trujillo-Tapias

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

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Chyanne & Ashley Marie Ortiz

 

28. Sofia on Film, Published September 2, 2020

“Do you see being younger as a disadvantage in the film industry?” Sofia, age 18

In the second of our series of Radiomaking stories, created during the Coronavirus Quarantine, Sofia interviews filmmakers who are at various stages of their careers in order to get an idea of what awaits in her chosen profession.

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Project Member: Sofia

Project Volunteers: Sean Eads & Jacqueline Raymond

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

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Sofia & Jacqueline Raymond

27. Kai & His Mom, Published August 14, 2020

“Compared to your past hardships, where would you rank the Coronavirus right now?” Kai, age 17

Our first Radiomaking story created during the Corona Quarantine is an interview by Kai. He talks with his mother about the challenges to her health that she’s faced, and what the current crisis means for her.

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Project Member: Kai

Project Volunteers: Lydia Breckon & Lynne Marie Rosenberg.

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

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Lynne Marie Rosenberg & Kai

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26. Game Changers (Bonus Mini), Published May 15, 2020

A quick update about our online gala Game Changers, Celebrating Two Key Players, Crystal Dickinson & Brandon Dirden; entering our last week – visit: https://give.52project.org/GameChangers

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

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25. It’s A Rabbit Jungle Out There, Published May 1, 2020

“We’re just here to help with the rabbit.” – Derek, age 14

Wildlife Research and Social Media collide in Derek’s audio drama “Rabbit Jungle.” Created in last year’s Radiomaking program. Also, please check out to Game Changers, our online gala – visit: give.52project.org/GameChangers

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Project Member: Derek

Project Volunteer: Ali Ahn, Bryan Blaskie, & Jose Gamo.

Original music for the episode by Avi A. Amon.

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

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24. Sparring Partners (Round 2), Published April 10, 2020

“I mean, at the end, it’s always going to feel like it goes by quick.” – Carlos, age 13

The follow up to our previous bonus episode, Carlos & Cody LeRoy Wilson recount their experiences as Smart Partners and participating in the Project’s version of the Amazing Race.
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Project Member: Carlos

Project Volunteer: Cody LeRoy Wilson.

Original music for the episode by Avi A. Amon.

The PROJcast theme song was written by Justin & Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), and is performed by Rebecca, Nicole, and Marinda Anderson (Instagram: @marindaanderson, Twitter: @marindanderson).
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23. Sparring Partners (Part I), Published April 2, 2020

“I liked it because I got to beat you up.” – Carlos, age 13

In our newest bonus episode, Carlos & Cody LeRoy Wilson recount how they met, and how working together in programs at The Project led them to becoming Smart Partners.
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The Member: Carlos

Project Volunteers: Cody LeRoy Wilson.

Original music for the episode by Avi A. Amon.

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

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22. Here to Stay, Published March 24, 2020

“…‘Cause New York is here to stay, and just won’t go away.” – Jayleen, age 16

For the first of our new series of mini episodes – while we’re all socially distanced – we’re sharing some of the content that we’ve got saved up. Today we have “HERE TO STAY,” a song from our 2018 Songmaking Concert, “Songs from Hell’s Kitchen,” with lyrics by Project member Jayleen, music by Richard C. Walter, and performed by Nikki Massoud. 

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The Member: Jayleen

Project Volunteers: Nikki Massoud (Web: nikkimassoud.com; Insta:@nikkima1776) & Richard C. Walter (Web: richardcwalter.com; Twitter: @RichieWalter).

Original music for the episode by Avi A. Amon.

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

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21. Love & Heartbreak, Published February 11, 2020

“Then I got into a relationship and another part of me came out that I didn’t know about myself” – Tiniah, age 18

In this season of candy hearts and Valentine’s Day we’re featuring a pair of pieces about heartbreak – Tiniah’s radio story “Now This Is Living” and Antonella’s song “Goodbye.” 

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The Members: Tiniah & Antonella

Project Volunteers: Sam Dash (Social: @Sam_Dash_), Lydia Breckon, Jenelle Chu (Social: @jenelle.c), & Neil Tyrone Pritchard (Social: @neiltyrone87).

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

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20. On the Ice, Published January 16, 2020

“What’s the point of living if you don’t put up a fight?” – Amari, age 12

We’ve got an especially cool episode this month: Sevan interviews professional hockey player Brett Howden of the Rangers, and we have a performance of “Put Up A Fight” lyrics by Amari – who is appearing in our current production.

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The Members: Sevan & Amari

Project Volunteers: Marina Kondo (Social: @marinakondo); Sean P. Pallatroni (Web: seanpallatroni.com); Danny Ursetti (Web: dannyursetti.com, Social: @dannyursetti); & Chris Wendelken.

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

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19. From Ordinary to Extraordinary, Published December 16, 2019

“Brain, I love you. We are SO smart! Thanks for all of that help 15 years ago” – Ethan, age 15

Bringing you holiday magic, Project-style, we have Ethan’s fiction piece from Radiomaking; an interview between Smart Partners Nikolai & Alex Gould; and Nora Fox’s performance of Money, lyrics by Kiara, music by Jarrett Murray, from our Songmaking concert 2018 – Songs of Hell’s Kitchen.

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The Members: Ethan, Nikolai, & Kiara.

Project Volunteers: Frankie Alvarez, Joanna Parson (Web: joannaparson.com; Twitter: @jtparson), Clayton Grimm (Web: claytongrimm.com), Alex Gould (Web: alexjgould.com; Instagram: agouldini), Nora Fox (Web: NoraFoxMusic.com; Instagram: Nora_Fox), & Jarrett Murray (Web: JarrettMurrayMusic.com; Social: JarrettMurrayMusic)..

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

 

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18. Project Brothers, Published November 19, 2019

“I thought it would be very fun, and I don’t think I was wrong in any sense of the word.” – Longan, age 9

Previewing our newest Playmaking production, we have a conversation between brothers Emmanuel and Logan. Emmanuel joined the Project seven years ago and Logan is one of the latest batch of writers about to make their debut on the Project stage. We’re also highlighting a performance by Jon-Michael Reese of Christian’s song “I Am A Pooper Hero,” with music by David Andrés Trujillo-Tapias from last year’s Songmaking concert. Jon-Michael can be seen performing in Logan’s play this weekend.

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The Members: Logan, Emmanuel, & Christian.

Project Volunteers: Jon-Michael Reese (Web: jon-michael.com, Social: TheJMRavatar), and David Andrés Trujillo-Tapias.

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

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17. Tricks & Treats, Published October 17, 2019

“If you haven’t seen a family member for like a long time – introduce yourself. Be kind to them. Treat your family right.” – Gilbert, age 15

In time for the Halloween season, we have a spooky story, a song about changing your identity, and an interview with one of our Playbackers about his experience in a corn maze and apple picking, and working on his show — which premieres this weekend!

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The Members: Gilbert, Sevan, & Nyla.

Project Volunteers: Chris Wendelken, Katie Lee Hill, Danny Ursetti (Web: dannyursetti.com; Social: @dannyursetti), Kim Jinhyoung (Instagram: @mynameiskimyeah), and Natalie Walker (Email: natlieleerwalker@gmail.com; Social: @nwalks).

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

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16. Getting Schooled, Published September 18, 2019

“There’s a whole New York City, full of rats, waiting to be explored” – Justin, age 18

This time we’re spotlighting a couple of our graduating seniors. We have a monologue from our Radiomaking program about a stressed out teen trying to escape into the memory of her first kiss. Then we’re bringing you a conversation between Smart Partners Justin & Eric March about how they got started, and what they imagine the future holds. PLEASE NOTE: Contains mature language.

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The Members: Tiniah, & Justin.

Project Volunteers: Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), Zonia Tsang, Channie Waites, and Sophia Zukowski.

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

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15. Teens Reflect, Published June 20, 2019

“There’s a whole New York City, full of rats, waiting to be explored” – Justin, age 18

This time we’re spotlighting a couple of our graduating seniors. We have a monologue from our Radiomaking program about a stressed out teen trying to escape into the memory of her first kiss. Then we’re bringing you a conversation between Smart Partners Justin & Eric March about how they got started, and what they imagine the future holds. PLEASE NOTE: Contains mature language.

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The Members: Tiniah, & Justin.

Project Volunteers: Eric March (Twitter: @eriqmarch), Zonia Tsang, Channie Waites, and Sophia Zukowski.

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

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14. Get Your Game On!, Published May 31, 2019

David Andres Trujillo-Tapias and Christian teamed up to make some songs.

“Now I win, yes now I win” – Christian, age 10

We’re going to level up on video games this time. We’re featuring, from last fall’s Radiomaking program, Ethan’s interview with Roger Clark, who performs the lead role of Arthur Morgan in “Red Dead Redemption II” And we also have, from our Songmaking concert, a rap from the perspective of a gamer who’s a husky (and a rager), “The Truth About Messirez,” lyrics by Christian, and as performed by him.

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The Members: Ethan, & Christian.

Project Volunteers: Joanna Parson (web: joannaparson.com; Twitter: @jtparson); Clayton Grimm (web: caytongrimm.com), David Andres Trujillo-Tapias.

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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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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