Larger than Life Cast for Littlest Playwrights

Filed under: Blogs — @ 5:04 pm

The cast for our upcoming production LARGER THAN LIFE, The Supersized Plays, is now set and some stellar actors have signed on to realize the theatrical creations of the youngest playwrights to join The 52nd Street Project. The kids started their Playmaking classes here at the Project in September. They and their dramaturge/directors went away to the Stone Ridge area of upstate New York for the weekend November 13-15, where the kids wrote the plays. And now the directors and actors are at work in rehearsal to bring it all to life.

The Kids: Lauren Amador-Cruz, Lily Kuzminski, Ayman Musa, Bryanna Ohene Kari-Kari, Leonel Perez, Derek Rey, Selena Sanchez, Gage Simmons, & Beyonce Thomas.

The Actors: Jose Aguila, Sofiya Akilova, Lisa Benavides-Nelson, Jonathan Bock, Bobby Cannavale, Nehassaiu DeGannes, Bjorn DuPaty, Edie Falco, Ceci Fernandez, Carl Hendrick Louis, Mozhan Marnó, Bhavesh Patel, Carra Patterson, Joe Paulik, Mallory Portnoy, Jeanine Serralles, Joe Tapper, & Frank Wood.

The Dramaturge/Directors: Chelsea Hackett, Korey Jackson, Garrett Kim, Sarah Krohn, Kareem Lucas, Rebecca Martinez, Alexandra O’Daly, John Sheehy, Jeremy Stoller, & Emma Weinstein.

Composer: Avi Amon.

We’re thrilled to be getting some attention in the New York City theater press as well. Both Theatermania and Playbill have posted about the show and ticket are already moving fast (click the links to see the coverage). If you’d like to make your reservation, don’t wait too long. The shows are:

Four performances:

Friday, December 11, @ 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 12, @ 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 13, @ 3:00 p.m.



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One-on-One’s Covered in Contemporary Musical Theater blog

Filed under: Blogs,News Flash — @ 4:42 pm

Our own Director of Development & Marketing John Sheehy talks with David Sisco from the Contemporary Musical Theatre blog. The discussion is about the One-on-Ones in general and even includes a link to the July performance of John’s Clown Time Is Over from the July production of HERE. ME. NOW.

Check it out here:

Paying Tribute to Johnny Vassilaros

Filed under: Blogs,News Flash — @ 1:00 am

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our wonderful, invaluable and devoted Board Member John Vassilaros this past Friday evening, July 10th. He went peacefully, surrounded by his family. We will be eternally indebted to him and his family, who have been enthusiasticly involved with the Project for more than a decade. John Vassilaros (sometimes known as Johnny Coffeeshopolis) has been more than generous, not just financially, and as a wise and valued member of the board, but perhaps most valuably opening the family home to us twice a year for both Playmaking and Playback.

We are humbled to accept yet another gesture of generosity from these extraordinary people. Anyone wishing to remember him with a donation can do so through our website here, or clicking “You Can Help!” on our home page.

To say he will be missed is an understatement.


August One-on-One Tickets are NOW Available

Filed under: Blogs,News Flash — @ 2:42 pm


The beloved summer productions of the One-on-Ones are in process. Tickets for the August shows HERE. ME. NOW., The Present Plays, 8/21-8/23/15 have just become available. Click the yellow “GET TKTS!” button in the left column, or on our homepage or look under Productions & Events in the menus above for more information or to make your reservation immediately. Shows are Friday & Saturday at 7:30, and Sunday at 3:00. As always, the shows are free.

HERE. ME. NOW. The Present Plays Wareham MA 2015Artwork by Patrick Jones, color by George Babiak.


Fivey Magazine 2015

Filed under: Blogs,News Flash — @ 3:00 pm

The latest issue of Fivey, the annual magazine written and illustrated by the kids of The 52nd Street Project, is here. Click above to download Issue #17, The Memorable Issue.

Light & Fantastic

Filed under: Blogs,News Flash — @ 3:03 pm

The Dancemaking program will come to its conclusion on Thursday and Friday, April 23 & 24 at the Five Angels Theater with free presentations of all new dances at 7 p.m.

Eight Project kids have been taking classes in movement, dance and choreography. They have come up with original dances that they will perform with their adult partners. The show is free. Tickets are available by clicking Get Tkts! on our website or visiting

A Shot of Berger

Filed under: Blogs,News Flash — @ 7:14 pm

There’s a lovely interview with long-time Project photographer Stephanie Berger in this issue of PDN (Photo District News). There are also many samples of her amazing work that accompany the article. You can see some of her documentation of Project trips in the black & white photos in the lobby of the Five Angels Theater … and look for her work in the invitation for this year’s Project Benefit, FANCY THAT, coming to a mailbox near you in early April.


Yay, Stephanie.

Jerry in the Times

Filed under: Blogs,News Flash — @ 8:08 pm

Former Project Production Manager and long time volunteer Jerry McGill has written an article which was published in the Sunday Business Week section. (He even mentions his stint at the Proj.)

Click here to read the article.

He’s an inspiration in MANY ways and we’re proud to know him.

We’re Raising the Roof This Weekend

Filed under: Blogs,News Flash — @ 5:46 pm

Tickets are going FAST for the Project shows this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It’s an all new Playmaking production, which means 9 plays written by 9 & 10 year-olds and directed and performed by an amazing array of adults. Come see work featuring Sofiya Akilova, Lauren Blumenfeld, Michael Braun, Maren Bush, Bill Camp, Tina Chilip, Dylan Dawson, Bjorn DuPaty, Arielle Goldman, Jessica Hecht, Jennifer Ikeda, Kareem M. Lucas, Nick Mills, Christina Pumariega, Joshua David Robinson, David Shih, Mirirai Sithole, & Sathya Sridharan. The directors areAlex Barron, Ka-Ling Cheung, Gretchen Hall, Kel Haney, Alexandra O’Daly, Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Tim J. Lord, Don Nguyen, & John Sheehy. And there’s original music by Kim D. Sherman.

You’ll encounter a singing ostrich & a foosball champion polar bear; a motorcycle cop & bad driver; a fire-superhero & a water-supervillain; and a 1 ft. tall box & a pig with hair like Elvis. There’s even a food fight at the Poorphanage.

Shows are Friday, December 5 @ 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 6 @ 3 & 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 7 @ 3 p.m.

Click “Get Tickets” under the Productions & Events menu above!


Alternative image for RAISE THE ROOF

Art by Iris A. Brown

Shirley Rumierk: Former Proj Kid, Current Board Member & New Mom

Filed under: Blogs,News Flash — @ 10:25 pm

Do you know Shirley Rumierk? Wanna know her better?

She’s one of our wonderful success stories (and an amazing board member). Shirley has been profiled by The Oliver Scholars Program. It’s a great piece about her, and her journey and her involvement with the Project.


You can check it out HERE:

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