Year by year the Playwright Mentoring Project (PMP) has given area youngsters a chance to see their imaginations come alive on stage, in plays they have written, rehearsed and toiled over. It provides not only a forum for teens to express themselves, it also gives them a chance to acquire first hand experience in the disciplines necessary to translate an idea into a shared reality.
“This year Barrington Stage Company is serving 70 students through the Playwright Mentoring Project as well as 20 alumni through two new programs,” said PMP director Frank La Frazia. “We are excited to present these very unique plays which bring young people’s voices to life on stage. We are very proud of how bravely these students shared their personal stories and how they worked collaboratively to create very moving theatrical pieces.”
Performances will be held in North Adams and Pittsfield from April 9-13 and culminate in a final PMP performance on Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 pm on the St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield.
Over the course of the six-month PMP program, teens create an original performance piece based on their own stories in a safe and confidential environment where they can express themselves, develop conflict resolution skills and together create a supportive community.