The Performance Project @ University Settlement presents: The Red Dress a new play for teens about sex and decision making. Created by young audience theater company A Space Between.
As a publisher of young adult books, and as the parent of a young teen, I am grateful to have experienced “The Red Dress” with my daughter. It was authentic, engrossing, and emotionally resonant, and proved to be the perfect springboard for open discussion between us. I can’t recommend “The Red Dress” highly enough to parents, educators, and the girls they care about. -Donna Bray, Vice President, Co-Publisher Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Publishers
A Space Between is dedicated to creating plays for teenagers and the adults who want to connect with them. The Red Dress, a play about teenage decision and choices around sex, will premiere at University Settlement’s Performance Project on Thursday, November 19th, Friday, November 20th at 7:30pm and Saturday, November 21st at 3pm. University Settlement is located at 184 Eldridge Street, New York, NY. Tickets are $15. Advanced tickets can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2127007
The Red Dress is about Erin, a young woman wading through all the tweeting voices, mixed messages and stern lectures in our society about teen sex. Her friends say everyone is doing it, but she doesn’t know how she feels or who to turn to for support. After getting caught in a lie, she has to come to terms with her choices and connect with her mom on an entirely new level. This show is for everyone 12 and up.
A diverse cast of young adults and mature performers play the characters in Erin’s world. Director and co-founder of A Space Between, Annie Montgomery, was inspired to create a show about teens and sexual decision-making because as a mom of three children she has had to confront her own resistance to having “the talk” with her kids. “Talking about sex can be uncomfortable but talking about it with your kids is especially difficult even in this modern age! So I felt there was a need for a show that offers pre-teens, teens and their guardians some support in finding a way to authentically connect and talk to one another, despite how awkward it can sometimes be.” Co-founder of A Space Between, Courtney J. Boddie, who is also an arts educator at a theater for family audiences explains, “Our script is the result of many conversations with parents and teens. We zeroed in on exactly what makes these inter-generational conversations about sex so challenging and discovered opportunities for transformation. The Red Dress opens a door for teens and adults to have honest dialogue with each other. The main character Erin, played by young actress, Bianca Walcott, is someone who teens will relate to and her story will help them find new tools and options to support their own decision-making in the future.”
Thursday, November 19th @ 7:30pm
Friday, November 20th @ 7:30pm
Saturday, November 21st @ 3:00pm
Running Time: 80 minutes including a talkback
Audience: For everyone 12 and up
Advanced tickets can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2127007
For special groups rates for parties of 10 or more, please email [email protected]
Location: University Settlement is located at 184 Eldridge Street, New York, NY
About A Space Between:
Established in 2012, A Space Between develops original pieces to challenge its audiences. We, as artists and human beings, struggle with and are interested in hard questions about identity, relationships, and the stories we share. We strive to tackle these questions and ask ourselves to be honest about our own prejudices and preconceptions. Quality work for teen audiences is hard to find, A Space Between is creating work that addresses this need. Through collaborative physical exploration, imagery, and scripted material we create pieces that are bold in truth, embrace our shared stories, and ideally build connections between people so that there is a space between for dialogue and perhaps will build a bridge of understanding for ourselves and for our audiences.
Playwright and Director:
Annie Montgomery (Artistic Director and Founding Member) Annie Montgomery has appeared Off-Broadway in the lead role of Lisa in That Ilk at the Hudson Guild Theatre. Regionally she has worked at The George Street Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Hangar Theatre and the Wayside Theatre. In the fall of 2015, she was the star of the one woman show Walking Toward America at the United Solo Festival in New York City. In the summer of 2015, she was in Piper Theatre Company’s production of Splitfoot at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. She is also a playwright and in collaboration with Spellbound Theatre Company she wrote and directed Memory, which was performed at the Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn. She also has directed several student productions for Disney Theatrical Productions and other organizations and last year directed Pollywog at NYU’s New Plays for Young Audiences. She is a teaching artist for The New Victory Theater, Disney Theatrical Group and Lifetime Arts. Boston University (BFA Acting), New York University (MA Educational Theatre) http://www.anniemeekmontgomery.com
The Performance Project at University Settlement provides established and emerging artists and local audiences with opportunities to connect and enrich each other’s lives. Its aim is to encourage greater participation in the live arts and to help cultivate diverse, creative communities. Additionally, University Settlement has an important commitment to address the ever-changing needs of new immigrant and economically diverse families and continues to be a pioneer in the field of social services.