antonia by José Casas
An adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy Antigone, and it’s theme including power, fate vs. free will, rules vs. order, and gender dynamics are relatable to hip hop culture as it relates to young people. The five elements of hip hop (Breaking, MCing, Graffiti, DJing and Knowledge/Understanding) all play a role in the storytelling.
Light Rail Plays 2.0
The Light Rail Plays returned to the Valley Metro with all new theatre pieces. Eight short plays performed on the trains and at the stations from Roosevelt/Central Ave. to Central Ave./Camelback, and explored the idea of “how Phoenix moves from place to place.”
Fandoms have always been part of growing up. But in today’s connected culture, it goes to a whole different level. We know that being a fan is more than just being annenthusiast. Online fandoms build whole communities around fandom, both online andnIRL (in real life). This original play from Rising Youth Theatre aims to take both ‘shipping and stories off of Tumblr and onto the stage, in a totally unique exploration of what it means to really love something.”
In this season, RYT created plays from stories of youth in detention and foster care.
adobe by José Casas
RYT is partnering with a Juvenile Corrections Facility for its fall production, In the System. Playwright José Casas (La Ofrenda, Somebody’s Children) is writing the script based on interviews and workshops with young people in the juvenile justice system. The play will be simultaneously cast and rehearsed with youth at the facility and youth who can perform for the public.
View from the Track: The Light Rail Plays
The Stories Project is back! RYT will partner with the Valley Metro Light Rail to bring back its original program pairing young artists one-on-one with professional artists to create 5 minute, 2 person plays. This unique opportunity for mentorship and artmaking doesn’t exist anywhere else!
In this season, RYT created plays centered on the idea of family. All plays brought young people and professional artists together onstage.
Finding Family: Three Short Plays About Immigrant Youth
RYT partnered with immigrant youth currently in Phoenix, AZ to create and produce three short plays written by three different playwrights about the experience of traveling to the United States. These bilingual plays were performed in two public performances on December 1st and 2nd 2012 at the Phoenix Center for the Arts.
RYT paired 8 adult professional artists with 8 youth artists to create an evening of original, two-person, five-minute plays about the firsts in our lives. Each artist team rehearsed over a period of three weeks, will culminating with a one night only performance event on January 27th.
Venus in Stitches by Lou Clark
Venus in Stitches is a play set in the Sunnyslope neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona that explores the meaning of family. In the story, a community is thrown into mayhem when neighbors decorate out of season, make a ton of tamales, and sing strange songs to welcome home a long, lost loved one. Generational gaps are mended in this moving story for audiences of all ages.
Rising Youth Theatre’s first production!
The Arizonan Project asked youth from across the Phoenix Metro Valley what it means to live in Phoenix, Arizona in 2012—the year of the Arizona Centennial. RYT partnered with six residency sites—four branches of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, Barrio Nuevo, and Flight 33. Residencies were held across Phoenix—from Avondale to Guadalupe. RYT artists worked with over 100 youth in the residency phase of the project. The resulting play, Some Are Beginning featured a cast of twenty-nine youth and two adult professional actors, and was performed at Phoenix Center for the Arts in April 2012.