Keen Teens Festival of New Work 2022
The 2022 Keen Teens Festival of New Work will include three new one-acts by C. Quintana, Bleu Beckford-Burell, and Stephanie Swirsky. Featuring an all-star cast of New York City high schoolers!
Keen Teens is a unique educational program from the award-winning Off-Broadway theater, Keen Company. This free program for teens provides invaluable mentorship opportunities: working alongside professional writers, directors, and designers to rehearse and premiere new plays. By commissioning one-acts specifically designed for the high school stage, Keen Teens creates work that speaks to teens on their level, presenting a perspective which is as complex and multilayered as the students themselves. The 12 week program culminates in the Off-Broadway premiere of each new piece during the Keen Teens Festival of New Work at Theatre Row, and the subsequent publishing and licensing by Concord Theatricals.
Be the first to see the Off-Broadway debut of 30 young actors, and the premiere of work which will soon be produced on high school stages around the world!
A Little Bit of Tea with That by Bleu Beckford-Burrell
A vicious rumor has spread at the local high school, right before spring break. A long-standing friendship is at risk, with casualties falling left and right. Allison believes she may know who the culprit is but her accusation might not only cause a rift that can never be fixed between friends, it may bring unknown truths to the surface.
Bake Sale by Stephanie Swirsky
Bekah, 16, has decided to sell hummus and pita for her suburban school’s yearly bake sale. But the other students question her culinary choice, especially when she declares Palestinians to be terrorists. Students organize and tell the school administration how they feel – that Israeli food has no place at the bake sale and Bekah, whose parents are from Israel, should be banned from selling anything at all.
Hatch by C. Quintana
When a group of drama students sneak into their school theater the day before their first public performance in the space for years, they uncover a kooky world beneath the trap door that leads them on a wild, unexpected adventure uniting them for the sake of their premiere.
All one-acts are presented at every performance, running 90 minutes with no intermission.
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CONTENT NOTICE: Keen Teens 2022 deals with modern teenage realities, including some strong language and political and cultural discussions that involve racial and religious stereotyping, which may not be appropriate for young audience members.
All patrons 5 & older must be fully vaccinated 14 days prior to their performance date. Proof of vaccination must be accompanied by a valid photo ID (valid ID for ages 5-18 do not need to include a photo).
Once a child turns 5, they will have up to 45 days from their date of birth to be fully vaccinated.
The requirement for ages 5-11 to be fully vaccinated follows New York City mandate that went into effect in January 2022.
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