Writing has been a huge part of my artistic life since moving to New York. I always loved writing in college, but back then it was lengthy papers about art history & philosophy. Recently, a play I wrote called "You Can Sit With Us," was once again featured in HALL PASS. "You Can Sit With Us" is about four high school students who meet to work on a class presentation and discover that whatever the outside world has labeled them- it doesn’t define who or what they are.
HALL PASS is an immersive musical set and performed inside a New York City high school, offering a glimpse of the world young people navigate every day. Brimming with moments any former teenager will recognize and relish—as well as those they might rather forget—audiences choose their adventure as they experience the trials and triumphs of the class of 2020.
HALL PASS was presented by New York University's Program in Educational Theatre. Before heading to NYC, HALL PASS was produced at El Camino High School in California (2015) & at Rancho Buena Vista High School also in California (2016).
This time around, I was not only a playwright but an assistant producer as well. The production featured new works by sixteen playwrights and composers whose combined work has been seen at Atlantic Theatre Company, The Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Ars Nova, HERE Arts Center, The Flea, Joe’s Pub, Soho Rep, and much more. It was a lot of work...but so much fun!
Hall Pass was directed by Blake McCarty & produced by Blindspot Collective in partnership with Playwrights Horizons Theater School & Grace Church School. It was a featured production in the 'Future of Storytelling' Festival. All performances of HALL PASS took place at Grace Church School, High School Division, located at 46 Cooper Square.
The cast: Featuring Kisha Peart, Tyler Sparacio, Gabriel Elizabeth Kadian and Brian Reiff