Cherry Lane Theatre Announces Playwrights & Mentors For The Obie Award-Winning Mentor Project Celebrating Its 20th Season

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Cherry Lane Theatre Announces Playwrights & Mentors For The Obie Award-Winning Mentor Project Celebrating Its 20th SeasonCherry Lane Theatre (Angelina Fiordellisi, Founder; Seri Lawrence, Janio Marrero, Co-Artistic Directors,) announces this year's playwrights and mentors for the 20th season of their Obie Award-winning Mentor Project, culminating with fully-staged productions presented at Cherry Lane (38 Commerce St. in NYC) from February 28 to April 7, 2018.

This year's mentors include Mentor Project alumni, Anne Washburn (Plays include: Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, 10 out of 12, Antlia Pneumatica, The Communist and many more. Awards include: Guggenheim, a Whiting, an Alpert Award) and MIGDALIA CRUZ (Plays include: El Grito Del Bronx, Fur, and Another Part of the House. Awards include National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwriting Award and The Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays).

Ms. Washburn will mentor KATE CORTESI, whose play A PATRON OF THE ARTS

will kick-off the Mentor Project, on February 28 - March 10, 2018. Ms. Cruz will mentor SAM CHANSE whose play THE OPPORTUNITIES OF EXTINCTION will be presented March 28 - April 7, 2018.

A PATRON OF THE ARTS (February 28 - March 10)

By Kate Cortesi, mentored by Anne Washburn

When a high school drug dealer does a drop off at a new address, he's unexpectedly reunited with the father of his childhood best friend. The laid-off father is holed up to re-start the painting career of his youth, and this young entrepreneur wants to help. So, they make an unusual arrangement.


By Sam Chanse, mentored by Migdalia Cruz

Mel and Arjun have embarked on a last-minute camping trip to take refuge from the brewing storm of their lives. Georgia is studying the impact of climate change on the imperiled Joshua tree. Navigating a world in crisis on multiple fronts, what does it mean to survive in the face of annihilation?

Mentor Project Announcement Night Celebration will take place on Monday, December 4th at 7pm and will feature this year's playwrights and their mentors reading selections from their work. This event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets must be reserved at

The Mentor Project - winner of an Obie Award for its dedication to helping young playwrights develop new work - each year partners an emerging author with a seasoned professional for a year of script work, rewrites, casting, rehearsals and a full production at Cherry Lane. Mentor Project is also the recipient of the James Kirkwood Award for American Playwrights.

Tickets are FREE and open to the public. Reservations are required and are available at

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