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A Superpowered Bash! – MAP’s 2019 Gala

Honorary committee members Curt Columbus, Tony Estrella, Stephanie Fortunato, Marta Martinez, and Josh Short invite you to The Manton Avenue Project’s 2019 Gala to celebrate MAP’s 15th year of serving young people in Olneyville through year-round tuition-free playwriting programs.

Join hosts Joe Wilson Jr. and Becky Gibel for a SUPERPOWERED BASH, with performances by MAP kids and actors, music by Jeff Prystowsky (The Low Anthem), an AMAZING art auction, delicious food by CHILANGOS, speciality cocktails by KEEL vodka, and a MYSTERY SUPERHERO REVEAL!

Come dressed as your favorite superhero (or just come dressed).

Event will benefit The Manton Avenue Project’s growing youth arts programs and their commitment to Creative Youth Development in Olneyville.

Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door; $30 for artists/teachers/students.

Kids are free!

Event is sponsored by Family Psychiatry Collaborative, Contech Medical, Parsons Financial, and Pawtucket Credit Union.

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NONVIOLENCE ACTS: The Peace Plays!

The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) is excited to stage its next performance: Nonviolent Acts: The Peace Plays!

Nonviolence Acts: The Peace Play Festival! is the culminating production of The Manton Avenue Project’s Play-it-Again program, an after-school playwriting course held at MAP’s Clubhouse in Olneyville. 4th grade playwrights are each writing a play about the courage it takes to make nonviolent choices in our lives. For this project, The Manton Avenue Project is proud to be partnering with the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence. We also were honored to be joined by guests Casey Seymour Kim who led a workshop about the beloved community, and Joe Wilson, Jr. who performed powerful excerpts from speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and led a lively discussion about how each of us can be heroes in our communities. These workshops and visits will inspire the plays, and the resulting production will be directed and performed by local professional theatre artists.

“The Manton Avenue Project is proud to present Nonviolence Acts! This production will be a culmination
of an enriching after school class, where we talked about the challenges of choosing nonviolent action in
the face of injustice and how we can make nonviolent practice a part of our own lives, our own beloved
community” says Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “ Our goal is to show young people in
Olneyville the value of their voices and, through our ongoing and tuition-free playwriting programs, help
them reach their full potential as creative thinkers and community leaders.”
This is the second production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2017-2018 season, which is supported by
a grant from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, The Rhode Island Council on the Humanities,
Providence Rotary Charities Foundation, The Ira and Anna Galkin Charitable Trust, The Fund of the
Providence Shelter for Colored Children, The June Rockwell Levy Foundation, ​TACO/White Family
Foundation, United Way of Rhode Island, as well as our individual donors and sustaining members.

 

 

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OLNEYVILLE! The Operetta!

OLNEYVILLE, THE OPERETTA! comes to AS220’s Black Box November 30 through December 3. Performances are Thursday and Friday at 7pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. 

 

The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) is excited to stage its next performance: Olneyville, The Operetta!

Olneyville, The Operetta! is the culminating performance of The Manton Avenue Project’s TAG TEAM program, an after-school playwriting course held at MAP’s Clubhouse in Olneyville. Ten 5th grade playwrights will collaborate on a play about their neighborhood, community building and social history. For this project, The Manton Avenue Project partnered with Sarah Zurier from the RI Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission to take a historic walking tour about Olneyville, as well meeting with other local leaders and residents. In addition, MAP is proud to be partnering with Verdant Vibes for musical composition, and local songwriters David Rabinow, Brien Lang, Nicole Cooney, and Jennifer Long. The resulting production will be directed by MAP’s Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan, and star local theatre artists including Hernan Jourdan, Bridie Jurasovich, Dan Ruppel, Jenny Sparks, and Pheonyx Williams, with musicians Vanessa Gilbert, Corinne Wahlberg, and more!

“The Manton Avenue Project is proud to present Olneyville, The Operetta! This process has been quite collaborative, and challenged MAP’s young playwrights to devise a musical together as a team. This production will be a culmination of an enriching afterschool class, where we talked about what makes Olneyville special, the history of this unique community, and their dreams for the future of their neighborhood,” says Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “As a team, the class is coming up with the story and the characters, and each child will write one section of a full-length musical, complete with songs and music. Our goal is to show young people in Olneyville the value of their voices and, through our ongoing and tuition-free playwriting programs, help them reach their full potential as creative thinkers and community leaders.”

This is the first production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2017-2018 season, which is supported by a grant from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, The Rhode Island Council on the Humanities, Providence Rotary Charities Foundation, The Ira and Anna Galkin Charitable Trust, The Fund of the Providence Shelter for Colored Children, TACO/White Family Foundation, United Way of Rhode Island, as well as our individual donors and sustaining members.

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PEDAL POWER: The Bicycle Play!

 “New collaborative play by kids to explore how bicycles empower communities”

(Providence, RI) The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) will stage its next performance: Pedal Power: The Bicycle Play,December 1-4. Performances will take place at 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, in the Blackbox at AS220 at 95 Empire Street in downtown Providence. There will be a talkback following the Sunday performance. The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) is a non-profit organization that unites children living in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood with local theater professionals to create original plays together.  The Manton Avenue Project’s mission is to nurture the unique potential of kids living in Olneyville by unleashing their creative voices through playmaking.  Each of MAP’s out-of-school time programs is focused on playwriting education, mentorship, and bringing kids’ plays to the stage.

Pedal Power: The Bicycle Play is the culminating performance of The Manton Avenue Project’s TAG TEAM program, an afterschool playwriting course held at MAP’s Clubhouse in Olneyville. Ten 5th grade playwrights will collaborate on a play about bicycling, community building and social history.  For this project, The Manton Avenue Project partnered with the Recycle-A-Bike and the Woonasquatucket Rivershed Watershed Council to learn bike safety, took bike tours along the Woony River, and became more confident riders. We also partnered with Sarah Zurier from the RI Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission to learn about the ways bikes have influenced social movements. The resulting production will be directed by MAP’s Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan, and star local adult theatre artists Beth Alianiello, Danny Brundage, Jess Halpin, Shawn Fennell, Nicole Maynard, and Jenny Sanchez.

“The Manton Avenue Project is proud to present Pedal Power: the Bike Play! This process has been quite collaborative, and challenged MAP’s young playwrights to devise one play together as a team. This production will be a culmination of an enriching afterschool class, where we took bike rides, discussed how biking makes us feel, and learned about the important ways bikes have empowered people and communities throughout history,” says Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “As a team, the class is coming up with the story and the characters, and each child will write one scene or part of a full-length play. Our goal is to show young people in Olneyville the value of their voices and, through our ongoing and tuition-free playwriting programs, help them reach their full potential as creative thinkers and community leaders.”

This is the first production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2016-2017 season, which is supported by a grant from June Rockwell Levy Foundation, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, The Rhode Island Council on the Humanities, Providence Rotary Charities Foundation, United Way of Rhode Island, as well as many other individual donors.

 

 

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WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER: The Dialogue Play Festival

“New plays by young people devised with Strange Attractor, explore relationship with audience and each other”

(Providence, RI) The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) will stage its next performance: August 4-7. Performances will take place at 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, in AS220’s blackbox at 95 Empire Street in downcity Providence. There will be a talkback following the Sunday performance. The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) is a non-profit organization that unites children living in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood with local theater professionals to create original plays together.  The Manton Avenue Project’s mission is to nurture the unique potential of kids living in Olneyville through playmaking.  Each of MAP’s out-of-school time programs is focused on playwriting education, mentorship, and bringing kids’ creative voices to the stage.

We’re All in This Together: The Dialogue Play Festival is the culminating production of The Manton Avenue Project’s Dialogue program, an afterschool playwriting course held at MAP’s Clubhouse in Olneyville. Ten young playwrights, 5th – 12th graders, each worked with artist mentor to devise a new play that reimagines the audience.  For this project, The Manton Avenue Project partnered with Strange Attractor, an innovative physical theatre company based in Providence, Philadelphia and Juneau, Alaska. For this partnership, MAP students and artist mentors travelled to New Hampshire for a devising retreat.

“The Manton Avenue Project is thrilled to be partnering with Strange Attractor for the Dialogue Play Festival.  This production will be a culmination of an enriching summer class for our older playwright to practice physical theatre and improvisational devising as part of their playwriting practice. What an amazing opportunity for our students to work with such esteemed creative innovators,” says Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “I can’t wait to see what they all come up with together!”

This is the final production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2015-2016 season, which is supported by grants from The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Andrade Faxon Charities for Children, Ocean State Charities Trust, June Rockwell Levy Foundation, a Senate Legislative Grant from the State of Rhode Island, Providence Rotary Charities Foundation, as well as many other individual donors. This particular summer program is sponsored in part by Thomas and Maureen Moakley.

 

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, OLD FAITHFUL: The National Park Plays!

“New short plays by kids celebrate the 100th birthday of National Parks”

(Providence, RI) The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) will stage its next performance: May 5-8th. Performances will take place at 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, in the Blackbox at AS220 on Empire Street downtown. There will be a talkback following the Sunday performance. The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) is a non-profit organization that unites children living in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood with local theater professionals to create original plays together.  The Manton Avenue Project’s mission is to nurture the unique potential of kids living in Olneyville through playmaking.  Each of MAP’s out-of-school time programs is focused on playwriting education, mentorship, and bringing kids’ creative voices to the stage.

Happy Birthday, Old Faithful: The National Park Plays is the culminating production of The Manton Avenue Project’s Playmaking program, an afterschool playwriting course held at MAP’s Clubhouse in Olneyville. Ten young playwrights, 3rd graders and 4th graders, have each written a play about a National Park.  For this project, The Manton Avenue Project partnered with the Roger Williams National Memorial. The playwrights have been learning about National Parks and the history of the National Park Service. Each playwright is writing a short play set in one of the United States’ 410 parks. The resulting production will be directed and performed by local actors from Providence’s thriving theatrical community.

“The Manton Avenue Project is proud to present Happy Birthday, Old Faithful! This production will be a culmination of an enriching afterschool class for first time playwrights, who explored characters through monologues and dialogues, and learned about the exciting history of the National Park Service through meetings with real National Park Rangers,” says Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “Each playwright chose a National Park and then set their very own ten-minute play there. The plays are about friendship, solving problems, and coming together in the beautiful places our National Parks offer. Our goal is to show young people in Olneyville the value of their voices and, through our ongoing and tuition-free playwriting programs, help them reach their full potential as creative thinkers and community leaders.”

This is the third production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2015-2016 season, which is supported by grants from The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Andrade Faxon Charities for Children, Ocean State Charities Trust, June Rockwell Levy Foundation, a Senate Legislative Grant from the State of Rhode Island, Providence Rotary Charities Foundation, as well as many other individual donors.

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WORK IT OUT: The Work And Labor Play

WORK IT OUT: The Work and Labor Play is the culminating performance of The Manton Avenue Project’s TAG TEAM program, an afterschool playwriting course held at MAP’s Clubhouse in Olneyville. Nine young playwrights, 5th and 6th graders, will collaborate on a play about work.  For this project, The Manton Avenue Project partnered with the Coggeshall MuseumThe Steel Yard, and the Museum of Work and Culture. The playwrights have been learning and discussing the history of work and labor in Rhode Island, and in their own families. The resulting production will be directed by MAP’s executive artistic director Meg Sullivan, and performed by the wonderful talents of local adult theatre artists Bobby Casey, Jess Halpin, Jeff Hodge, Nicole Maynard, Kelly Seigh, and Rodney Witherspoon.

 

 

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GET OUT THE VOTE: A Musical Inspired by November Elections

MAP’s 5th Grade Playwrights Present Get Out the Vote!


The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) will stage its next performance: October 18-21. Performances will take place at 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday at the Wilbury Theatre Group, 40 Sonoma Ct. in Providence.
The Manton Avenue Project’s mission is to nurture the unique potential of kids living in Olneyville through playmaking.  Each of MAP’s out-of-school time programs is focused on playwriting education, mentorship, and bringing the creative voices of young people to the stage. Get Out the Vote: The Musical! is the culminating production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2018 Tag Team program, a 6-week afterschool playwriting course. The musical will be performed by local grown-up actors and was developed with dramaturgy assistance by volunteer artists including a cohort of Brown/Trinity MFA consortium students.
“The Manton Avenue Project is thrilled to be present Get Out the Vote, a musical collaboration by ten young people who are very much impacted by the current state US politics. They’ve created a story about an evil baboon dictator, a wall separating magical islands, and a resistance forming to oust the leadership. All of the ideas and the story are completely student written and devised, and we couldn’t be prouder of their bravery and insight,” says MAP’s Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan.

 

This is the first production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2018-2019 season and the first ever as a resident company at the Wilbury Theatre Group’s new space. “This represents a very important step for MAP, to be partnering with Wilbury at a new space in our Olneyville neighborhood is so exciting and so important,” says Sullivan.

The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) is a non-profit organization that unites children living in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood with local theater professionals to create original plays together.MAP’s season is supported in part by generous grants from The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and the United Way of Rhode Island’s Olneyville Fund. Tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door. For more information, go to http://mantonavenueproject.org/

 

 

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The Poetry Play Festival

MAP’s 4th Grade Playwrights Present The Poetry Play Festival

(Providence, RI) The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) will stage its next festival of plays written by young people, March 7-10. Performances will take place at 7pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday at the Wilbury Theatre Group, 40 Sonoma Ct. in Providence. The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) is a non-profit organization that unites children living in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood with local theater professionals to create original plays together.

The Manton Avenue Project’s mission is to nurture the unique potential of kids living in Olneyville through playmaking. Each of MAP’s out-of-school time programs is focused on playwriting education, mentorship, and bringing the creative voices of young people to the stage. The Poetry Plays is the culminating festival of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2019 Play-It-Again program, an 6-week afterschool playwriting course. The 10-minute plays will be performed by local grown-up actors and was developed with dramaturgy assistance by volunteer artists.

“The Manton Avenue Project is thrilled to be present The Poetry Plays, a festival of 10 minute plays by 4th graders from Olneyville. They’ve created an incredible group of plays, each with original poems that somehow change the storyline. For this program we partnered with some exceptional artists and organizations — brilliant poets Christopher Johnson, Vatic Kuumba, and Shey Rivera, the wonderful Olneyville Library branch, and Providence CityArts for Youth!” says MAP’s Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “MAP is so proud of these partnerships, which create indelible experiences for our students. For example, MAP playwrights and CityArts artists are collaborating on the scenic elements for the show as part of an official CityArts class.”

This is the second production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2018-2019 season.

MAP’s season is supported in part by generous grants from The Andrade Faxon Charities for Children, Ocean State Charities Trust, The Nordson Corporation Foundation, The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and the United Way of Rhode Island’s Olneyville Fund. Tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door. For more information, go to: http://mantonavenueproject.org/