Eighth Season of Keen Teens to Feature Work by Kristoffer Diaz, Halley Feiffer & More
The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company today announced the Keen Teens, the educational Theatre Partnership between Off-Broadway's Keen Company and the theatrical publishing company Samuel French, has selected the writers for the program's eighth season: Kristoffer Diaz, Halley Feiffer, and Kenny Finkle, who have been commissioned to write thirty-minute, large cast plays, which will be produced with student actors Off-Broadway.
This year's Keen Teens Festival of New Work will offer Going Left by Kristoffer Diaz, directed by Daisy Walker; Why Aren't You Dead Already? by Halley Feiffer, directed by Liz Carlson; and Syd Arthur by Kenny Finkle, directed by Jesse Geiger. Performances will be at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues): Friday, May 9th at 8pm, Saturday, May 10th at 4pm & 8pm and Sunday, May 11th at 2pm & 5pm. All tickets will be $15 and will be available at www.telecharge.com, by calling 212/239-6200 or in person at the Theatre Row Box Office. Tickets will go on sale in April, 2014.
Keen Teens is a unique educational theatre program which seeks to improve the quality of plays written for high school students by commissioning scripts from highly regarded professional writers. Playwrights write plays 30 minutes in length that involve a large cast and also reflect Keen Company's mission of producing plays that are generous in spirit and provoke identification. The plays are performed by high school students from across the tri-state area, as part of a free program which allows students an immersive experience in new play production. The productions are all designed and directed by theatre professionals, allowing the students a unique opportunity to work alongside some of the most talented emerging artists working in New York today. Samuel French, Inc. then publishes the plays, which have already garnered over 176 performances around the globe. In its first seven seasons, Keen Teens produced plays by Courtney Baron, Barton Bishop, Bekah Brunstetter, Jonathan Caren, Bathsheba Doran, Anton Dudley, Liz Flahive, Marcus Gardley, Madeleine George, Jason Grote, Naomi Iizuka, Greg Kotis, Mike Lew, Cheri Magid, Winter Miller, Michael Mitnick, Anna Moench, Janine Nabers, Qui Nguyen, Ryan Pavelchik, Jenny Schwartz, and Kathryn Walat.
"Keen Teens is one of the country's most unique combinations of new play production and theater education. By working with major playwrights on work that speaks uniquely to teenagers, Keen Company has generated an incredible body of new work over seven previous seasons. We're proud to have Kris, Halley and Kenny on board to add their unique voices to this special program. Combining the artistry of these great professionals with the energy and enthusiasm of young people will certainly result in an unforgettable evening of theater. Through our partnership with Samuel French, these plays will go on to stages around the country and the world." said Keen Director of New Work, Mark Armstrong.