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Boston Teen Acting Troupe Announces 2015 Season of Two Plays

The Boston Teen Acting Troupe announces the two-play lineup for its 5th anniversary season, including a world premiere play with music set in Boston's South End and a New England Premiere drama in which the audience decides which actors will perform.

Eight compelling monologues offering a state-of-the-nation group portrait for the stage.

In May 2008, first-time writer Ella Hickson (Precious Little Talent, Boys), created eight monologues ready to air at Edinburgh's Fringe Festival in August 2008. These monologues, of fifteen minutes each, offer a state-of-the-nation group portrait. From Millie, the jolly-hockey sticks prostitute who mourns the loss of the good old British class system, to Miles, a 7/7 survivor to Danny, an ex-squaddie who makes friends in morgues; Eight looks at what has happened to a generation that have grown up in a world where everything has become acceptable.

Eight was formed around the results of a survey that asked twenty-somethings what defined their generation; Hickson has tried to answer their almost unanimous response of "apathy", with a show that works to find the glimmers of faith amidst wholesale cynicism. Eight looks at the singular, personal effect of an otherwise social phenomenon.

For this New England premiere (June 2015), directed by BTAT Alum Garrett Sager, the audience will vote at every performance for the six characters they want to see. All actors will be on stage, only six will get the chance to perform, reminding us that with every choice we make we leave someone behind. The order and the monologues will be different every night, making every performance unique.

i don't know where we're going but i promise we're lost
A dark, fiery and ultimately hopeful coming of age story.

Local playwright MJ Halberstadt's (not Jenny, Bridge Rep of Boston) i don't know where we're going but i promise we're lost is a brash new play about family, starting over, and growing up. When 19-year-old Devon Fleeter and his younger brothers flee from their parents, who have been punishing the boys' allegiance to middle child Joshua's gender transition, they find sanctuary in an off-the-grid apartment far from home. They find that safety is not without its own challenges, and confront the growing pains that come with learning what it means to be a man.

Presented by The Boston Teen Acting Troupe as a staged reading in May of 2014 under the working title Annie Doesn't Live Here, the show has been retooled for its world premiere at Boston Playwrights' Theatre (July 30-August 16, 2015).

Under the direction of BTAT Co-Artistic Director Jack Serio (BTAT's The Dream of The Burning Boy and All My Sons), i don't know where we're going but i promise we're lost will feature original music from a live three piece band.

The Boston Teen Acting Troupe is excited to announce that starting in the summer of 2015 (June - August) they will be offering a wide array of master classes and seminars at a variety of theaters across Boston. These classes will be taught by Co-Artistic Directors Jack Serio and Catherine Spino. They will introduce young actors to audition basics, monologue work and scene studies.

The Boston Teen Acting Troupe was founded in January of 2011 with the goal of bringing enriching, engaging and edgy theatre to teens, as well as providing an outlet for Boston teenagers who are serious about their craft, whether that is acting, directing or design. The Boston Teen Acting Troupe's goal is to eliminate the cliché of "bad high school theatre" by producing challenging plays not normally seen performed by young actors. Since 2011, The Boston Teen Acting Troupe has produced ten completely teen-run shows in a variety of Boston and Cambridge theaters. Coverage in The New York Times and on National Public Radio have created a fan following for the fledgling theatre group.

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