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July 24, 2006 (ITHACA, NY) - Another set of World Premiere plays open at the Hangar Theatre this weekend, this time on the Kiddstuff stage. On Saturday, July 29th, the Hangar presents KIDDPLAY! New Plays by Local Kids. The production includes a collection of short plays written by students at the Hangar’s summer program, the Next Generation School of Theatre. After working with playwright Kenny Finkle, each student at the summer camp wrote an original script for the stage. On Friday, July 21st, eight of those scripts were chosen by the Hangar’s artistic department to be part of the KIDDPLAY showcase. Featuring actors, directors, and designers from the Hangar’s Lab Company, the eight plays of KIDDPLAY will be performed twice on the 29th—at 10 am and again at Noon.

Playwright Kenny Finkle works with students at the
Hangar Theatre's Next Generation School of Theatre
in preparation for KIDDPLAY

The winning scripts of KIDDPLAY include Unexpected Civilization by Kelci Fargnoli-Petersen, Swiss Cheese by Mariel Forhi, Little Wolf & the Big Bad Red Riding Hood by Sari Koppel, Saving Shira by Katie Pierce, The Talking Trees by Josiah Rawlings, The Pet Earner by Erin Rieger, Lost Treasure by Jesse Turman, and Fern and the Thief by Rebecca Waldrop. These scripts were all produced as part of a writing workshop at the Next Generation School of Theatre led by Kenny Finkle, a former Hangar Lab Company playwright. Finkle’s play Indoor/Outdoor was part of the Hangar’s 2004 Mainstage Season and has since been performed in New York and at Trinity Rep in Providence.


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