Epic's 4th Annual Youth Theatre Festival Takes Over Off-Broadway

Epic Theatre Ensemble is proud to announce the 2019 edition of its three-week Youth Theatre Festival: Epic YTF. Epic YTF is a celebration of a diverse and inclusive community, fighting for social justice and equality. The festival showcases original performances by students from the award-winning after-school program Epic REMIX.

This year, Epic YTF will take place from March 4 to March 23 at Theatre Row (410 W 42nd St) and will present "remixed" versions of two Shakespeare classics: Macbeth and Julius Caesar. Additionally, this year Epic YTF will feature the critically acclaimed student-written original productions Nothing About Us and Overdrive. In all, the four separate productions will feature the writing of over 170 young people, and bring the work of these high school students and 16 professional artists/mentors to the stage in professionally authentic performances. Every Epic YTF performance is open and free to the public and is envisioned as a community-building event.


Monday, March 4, 7:00 PM
Tuesday, March 5, 7:00 PM

Both performances will take place on the same day with a total length of 60 minutes plus a post-show discussion.NOTHING ABOUT US (30 minutes)- commissioned by New York Appleseed

NOTHING ABOUT US is a rigorous, passionate and hilarious exploration of educational segregation written and performed by those most affected and least consulted: NYC Public High School students. What does separate but equal mean to us today? Transformation, empathy, and youth voice drive the conversation in this thirty-minute touring play by Epic NEXT. "Nothing about us without us is for us."

OVERDRIVE (25 minutes)- commissioned by Teachers College
How many jobs demand that employees come up with the right answer on the spot, from memory, while the clock is ticking? How often are we forbidden to ask coworkers for help? How common is it for working professionals to be given a secret pencil-and-paper exam? The student researchers/writers/performers of Epic NEXT interviewed a diverse group of education stakeholders about the role of Standardized Assessments in Public Schools. Their findings will surprise you. OVERDRIVE is a twenty-five-minute touring play that powerfully poses the question: Do we truly measure what we value and value what we measure?



The year is 2020. U.S. social media is dominated by the POP (People Of Politics). Julius Caesar has been President 8 years. His progressive promises around women's rights have become increasingly conservative. Resistance grows, led by the Daughters of Liberty fronted by celebrity singer Kate and Julius' sister Governor Cassius. When the election looms, Caesar demands a 3rd term but is beaten by young feminist upstart Pompey. But Pompey disappears shortly afterwards , and strong protests erupt on both sides. Leading politicians and activists must take radical action. As America's future hangs in the balance, the POP demands you tell the nation: whose side are you on?

Wednesday, March 13, 7:00 PM
Thursday, March 14, 7:00 PM
Friday, March 15, Student Matinee
Friday, March 15, 8:00 PM

Tickets are free to claim at epictheatreensemble.org

Epic REMIX is a youth development program culminating in students performing alongside professional theatre artists in fully produced Shakespeare productions. Epic students accomplish a great feat, they debate the social and political questions of the play, decode the meaning of Shakespeare's text, and weave their writing into the fabric of the script.

ABOUT Epic Theatre Ensemble

Epic Theatre Ensemble is a 501(c)3 organization comprised of artists and activists dedicated to making bold theatrical work on professional stages and in public schools that inspires dialogue about social, ethical, and political issues. Epic builds thoughtful citizenship in communities throughout NYC, modeling creative engagement with civic issues by commissioning, developing and producing socially-minded theatre and connecting these plays to schools and neighborhoods via innovative in-school, after-school, and public performance programs.

Epic accomplishes this mission by inspiring students to be creative and engaged citizens, presenting compelling topics that transform the way people think, and collaborating with artists, students, and thought leaders to produce plays about critical issues.

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