MTC's Stargate Theatre Company to Present WEATHERING THE STORM, 8/16

The Stargate Theatre Company, a project of Manhattan Theatre Club's Education Department will perform an original piece, Weathering the Storm, this Saturday, August 16th at 4:00PM and 7:00PM at MTC- Stage II at New York City Center (131 W. 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues). Each performance will last 30 minutes and will be followed by a talkback onstage with the performer-writers. After the 7:00PM talkback, there will be a brief reception in the theatre lobby.

To reserve a space for this free event, please email with your name, the number of seats you would like, and the performance you would like to attend. Requests will be confirmed via email.

The Stargate Theatre Company provides court-involved youth with transitional employment, work-readiness training and literacy education in a creative theatrical environment designed to improve members' employment prospects while boosting their skills and self-esteem. With the guidance of Stargate's Co-Artistic Directors, Emmy Award-winner and playwright Judy Tate and director Stephen DiMenna, the ensemble composes, rehearses and performs a drama reflecting their collective identity and their aspirations, ideas and fears about themselves and the world.

Weathering the Storm is a 30-minute original play inspired by the company members' reflections on family and home life. Through expressionistic poetry, dramatic dialogue, commentary on relevant current events, and dance, Weathering the Storm explores the challenges and joys of its creators as they evaluate their past and transition to adulthood.

The 2014 Stargate Theatre Company is supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation's Good Neighbor Committee. The pilot season of the Stargate Theatre Company and a subsequent dissemination and planning initiative were underwritten by the Leon F. Lowenstein Foundation.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country's most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including six Pulitzer Prizes and 19 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Casa Valentina; Outside Mullingar; The Assembled Parties; Venus in Fur; Master Class; Good People; The Whipping Man; Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain't Misbehavin.' For more information on MTC, please visit

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