BROOKLYN, co-writer of Teenagers, completes the rolling world premiere in NYC
Roundabout Theater Company and Education at Roundabout have just announced that New York City’s Repertory High School of Theater Arts will present the New York premiere of PROSPECT HIGH: BROOKLYN.
Prospect High: Brooklyn was written by Daniel Robert Sullivan and a team of teenagers from New York City and developed in partnership with Education at Roundabout and the Fox Foundation’s Resident Actor Fellowships. The piece ends its rolling world premiere with this production after giving 23 high school presentations across the country from September 2015 to May 2016.
Repertory High School presents PROSPECT HIGH: BROOKLYN on September 9 at 7:00 p.m. and September 10 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Roundabout’s Black Box Theater in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theater (111 West 46th Street)). Tickets are available at the door, subject to availability.
Repertory High School’s production is directed by teacher and director Robert McIntosh.
Says McIntosh, “We started work on Prospect High: Brooklyn last February in our 9th grade Essentials of Acting. Our entire freshman class had the opportunity to study and work on every scene in the play, and voted then two scenes they wanted to develop for class performances. While working on this material, I was immediately impressed by how well the writers captured the rhythms and idioms of today’s youth. I never found a text that I would A class that literally any student could be instantly Students could see that this was the rare scripture that actively worked to examine their problems and express them in a voice they recognized as their own. those examining the piece are all profoundly complex and the piece makes no attempt to solve them, what it does very well, I think, is ours To hold up a mirror to our institutions, to our community and culture and to ask difficult questions of who is responsible when young people are driven to make decisions that hurt themselves and each other. How do we help each other in times of crisis and how do we ask and accept help when we need it? It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with this remarkably talented and dedicated cast and crew. I am impressed by the commitment and collaborative spirit of these young artists. All the students involved gave up over a week of summer vacation to work here at the roundabout and prepare to tell this story. They believe it is an important story. “
The piece was conceived by Daniel Robert Sullivan (Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys, author of Places Please!) And co-written by a team of teenagers from New York City. It focuses on four intelligent, highly charged students and one seriously apathetic teacher. Prospect High: Brooklyn was founded with the intent to bring a new collection of serious, lifelike material for teenage actors. The play covers topics such as apathy, revenge, deep friendship, trans identity, the occasional racism, self-harm, and the power of good and bad advice from teachers against the backdrop of a huge Brooklyn high school. Prospect High: Brooklyn can be performed by 5-18 actors.
“The National New Play Network introduced the concept of a rolling world premiere in 1998, and I always thought it would be great to offer high schools this type of arrangement. There is so much energy and power in adolescent theater makers. However, that positive force is often only felt on the spot. By coordinating this new game in the country’s high schools, Roundabout is promoting not only the game with positive publicity, but the schools themselves. After extensive research, we have selected 23 The Boldest High School Theater Departments from the All over the country can use this first rolling high school world premiere to recognize them and expose their national power, “notes creator Daniel Robert Sullivan.
Prospect High: Brooklyn was recently named a semi-finalist for the 2015 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Center and was published by Smith & Kraus.
Sullivan adds, “I wanted to create a themed, age-appropriate, culturally diverse, flexible piece that would represent the extremes inherent in an urban high school setting. It was through nine months of collaboration that these teenagers introduced me to the subject.” Issues and debates that matter most to them. We structured these conversations into the piece. “
The following productions took place in the 2015/16 academic year:
Indianapolis: Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities (September 2015)
Memphis: Ridgeway High School (November 2015)
Syracuse: Corcoran High School (November 2015)
Philadelphia: Academy in Palumbo (December 2015)
Providence: Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (December 2015)
Boston: Boston Arts Academy (December 2015)
Bridgeport: Central High School (December 2015)
Harrisburg: Capital School for the Arts (December 2015)
Milwaukee: Milwaukee High School of the Arts (December 2015)
Ann Arbor: Pioneer High School (January 2016)
Louisville: Youth Performing Arts High School (January 2016)
Oklahoma City: Harding Fine Arts Academy (January 2016)
San Jose: Lincoln High School (January 2016)
Minneapolis: Southwest High School (February 2016)
Chicago: Niles West High School (February 2016)
Tallahassee: Leon High School (February 2016)
Dallas: Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy (February 2016)
Philadelphia: Philadelphia School of Creative and Performing Arts (February 2016)
Long Island: Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts (April 2016)
Austin: McCallum Fine Arts Academy (April 2016)
Baltimore: Baltimore School for the Arts (May 2016)
London: Showdown Theater Arts (May 2016)
San Diego: San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (May 2016)
Co-authors of the piece are Daniel Robert Sullivan, Paul Stoll, Aaliyah Stewart, Isaiah Latimer, Chanique Peart, Deshaye Tingling, Amanda Rodriguez, Jaylin Acosta, BRandy Brown, Azaria Guthrie, Rebecca Powell, Rachel Friedman and Shannon Deep.
Prospect High: Brooklyn received a workshop presentation at the Roundabout Theater Company in April 2014 under the direction of Shelley Butler and was originally developed with dramaturge Shannon Deep. It is currently being developed further at the Nevada Conservatory Theater in collaboration with the University of Nevada-Las Vegas under the direction of Christopher V. Edwards. Visit ProspectHighBrooklyn.com for reviews, pictures, or to request a look-through.
To learn more about the development of Prospect High: Brooklyn, visit TCG Circle. Daniel Robert Sullivan and Roundabout Theater Company participate in the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships, funded by the William & Eva Fox Foundation and administered by the Theater Communications Group.