FOR THE NEW CITY’S DREAM UP FESTIVAL PRESENTS
NEW YORK, July 22 – Possibly set in the present, “#thethirdperson”, a new topical satire by Chris Price and directed by Kordell Draper, features a third person-talking, eccentric, orange, offensive, alien-like character who provokes corruption between two best friends. Traces of racism, xenophobia, sexism, and a slew of shenanigans (not dissimilar from the hysterics of our US government), go rampantly unaddressed. Even though these elements are coated in satire, their realness is all too palpable. Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival will present the world premiere of the “#thethirdperson” August 26 to September 2.
The one-act begins
with a meet-up between two best friends, Melvin and Drew. Melvin has
been waiting for Drew for 20 minutes, and when he finally arrives, Drew
reveals the surprise that he has been seeing a girl for quite some time
and would like Melvin to finally meet her. Despite his own secret romantic
affections for Drew, Melvin continues to suppress his true feelings
for his best friend and agrees to meet the new girlfriend.
The actors are Sebastian Cummings, Oskar Owens and Imani Youngblood. Playwright and Executive. Producer is Chris Price. Associate Producer is Ginou Lilavois. Director is Kordell Draper. Creative Consultant is Jason Zomback. Lighting Designer is Zev Levi Spiegel.
The ninth annual Dream Up Festival (www.dreamupfestival.org) is being presented by Theater for the New City from August 26 to September 16. An ultimate new work festival, it is dedicated to the joy of discovering new authors and edgy, innovative performances. Audiences savor the excitement, awe, passion, challenge and intrigue of new plays from around the country and around the world.
The festival does not seek out traditional scripts that are presented in a traditional way. It selects works that push new ideas to the forefront, challenge audience expectations and make us question our understanding of how art illuminates the world around us.
In addition to traditional
plays, a unique and varied selection of productions will again be offered,
drawing upon a variety of performance genres including musicals, puppetry
and movement theater. The Festival's founders, Crystal Field and Michael
Scott-Price, feel this is especially needed in our present time of declining
donations to the arts, grants not being awarded due to market conditions,
and arts funding cuts on almost every level across the country and abroad.
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