Waterwell's 2019 New Works Lab will present a world-premiere workshop production of June July August by Sinead Daly. Each year, Waterwell commisions a new full-length play written specifically for the actors in their senior year in the drama program at Manhattan's Professional Performing Arts School.
The production, directed by Heather Lanza (Waterwell's director of Education), will run April 10–13 in the PPAS Auditorium, located at 328 West 48th Street. Click here for tickets, $20.
Set in the Junior Counselor Bunk at an all girls summer camp, June July August is a coming-of-age play that explores the moments of no return between childhood and adulthood. The new work explores the strength, resiliency, and layered relationship held between girls who know each other too well.
The cast will be made up of Michelle Baum, Abigail Cooley, Melisa Escamilla, Andre Gulick, Skylar Harbour, Alexyss Hadden, Imani Hinnant, Jada Jackson,Eliza Koster, Victoria Morales, Arielle Moses, Fatou Niang, Thomas Padden, Ava Patino, Andrea Perez Espinoza, Violet Prete, Noa Solomon, Madai Williams, Miguel Batista, and Jasper Newell.
“Watching this group of young artists rigorously collaborate to create a brand new play gives me hope for the future,” says Waterwell Artistic Director Lee Sunday Evans. “Their passion and focus is a reflection of how much these young people want to communicate. Creating new theatre is an immensely complex and sensitive process—these young artists, in collaboration with a professional writer and director and design team, are up to the task and it is thrilling that we can give them this opportunity in New Works Lab to flex those muscles.”
The presentation will feature scenic design by Bryce Cutler, costume design by Deanna R. Frieman, lighting design by Megan Lang, sound Design by Ben Scheff, and prop design by Sonya Plenefisch.
Earlier this year, Waterwell presented the site-specific The Courtoom, a reenactment of real-life deportation proceedings staged in various NYC venues.