Under the Rug / Debajo de la Alfombra


Under the Rug / Debajo de la Alfombra

Written by Sigrid Gilmer and the Rising Youth Theatre Ensemble



(Phoenix, AZ) Are you really living in your living room? Rising Youth Theatre, a theatre company that creates socially relevant original plays with youth will present the world premiere of Under the Rug in two city parks this June. Performances will take place at Verde Park in the Garfield Neighborhood (9th Street and Van Buren) on June 2 & 3 and in Coronado Park in the Coronado Neighborhood (12th Street and Palm Lane) on June 4 & 5. This outdoor performance will explore “living room stories” with the community, and is supported by a grant from Arizona Humanities. All performances begin at 7:30pm and offer the opportunity to see the show and engage in a conversation with community members. Attendees are encouraged to bring a family photo, a memory, or an object from their living rooms to share with the ensemble.

Playwright Sigrid Gilmer worked with a team of Rising Youth Theatre artists, both youth and adult to explore stories of our living rooms. What do these places mean to us? What memories do they hold? And what does it mean to take the stories that happen in these private family spaces and move them into a public park? Together, this team created three short plays that explore how we feel about the places where we live.

Each of the three plays is directed by a youth and adult director: Sarah Sullivan and Rachael Bernardino, Liliana Gomez and Matthew Mendez, and Xanthia Walker and Presley Nasisse. A team of youth and adult artists also make up the ensemble of performers, designers, and technical crew.

There is no cost to attend a performance of Under the Rug / Debajo de la Alfombra but we ask that you reserve your ticket online ahead of time! Tickets can be reserved at www.risingyouththeatre.org or directly at www.undertherug.eventbrite.com. Families and those who live in the Coronado and Garfield neighborhoods are particularly encouraged to attend. Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, a picnic, and get to know your neighbors (and their living rooms).  

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