Phoenix-based company continues its commitment to performance in non-traditional spaces with two new projects in 2016-2017.
Rising Youth Theatre, a theatre company that creates socially relevant original plays with youth announces its 2016-2017 season. As in previous seasons, this work will pair youth and adult artists together to create plays that reflect young people’s stories and experiences in the greater Phoenix community. For the second year, none of Rising Youth Theatre’s performances take place in a traditional theatre space, inviting community members to participate as audience members in unexpected spaces. This includes the fourth incarnation of the company’s popular Light Rail Plays and a new project exploring youth voices titled The Kids Table. The ideas behind this new season came out of a collaborative process, in which Rising Youth Theatre artists (both youth and adult) came together to discuss what the company should take on next.
The Kids’ Table: September 2016 – May 2017
The Kids’ Table is a unique, site-specific theatre experience that places young people at the center of major conversations in our community. Over the course of a year, an artistic ensemble of youth and adults will host a series of conversations, artistic dialogue, and performance by installing tables in a wide variety of community spaces. Youth will be trained as both facilitators and performers in order to lead dialogue across the city. Ultimately there will be a formal theatrical performance, featuring youth and adult performers, where the greater Arizona community can hear directly from its young people.
While there are many major social issues in our community that affect young people directly (our education system, race and class, immigration, etc.), it is rare that we ever hear directly from young people when these issues are discussed. This project will ask the question – what might happen if “The Kids’ Table” became a space where youth were not separated out, but integrated into the center of these dialogues, asking questions all over the city and creating art that continues the conversations across generations.
The Light Rail Plays 2017: February 2017
Rising Youth Theatre will return to public transportation for the fourth time with an all new series of The Light Rail Plays! Partnering with Valley Metro, this project pairs young artists one-on-one with adult professional artists to create 5 minute, 2 person plays on and around our public transit system. Using a wide range of theatrical elements, including music, dance, circus, and masks, this is a transformative community experience not to be missed.
As a company, Rising Youth Theatre is committed to creating plays that are accessible to our entire community, and all performances are offered on a donation basis, free to the public. For young people and adult professional artists who are interested in getting involved this year, contact Rising Youth Theare at info[at]risingyouththeatre.org.