Five gifted young writers will have their plays featured during the 3 day Fresh Play Festival  (July 12th – 14th), a culmination of workshops, under the guidance of professional directors, and with the participation of over 30 performers. These young writers are part of the after school free program for high school students, MCC Theater Youth Company, that explores self expression and develops writing and acting skills. Performances take place at Telsey & Company, 311 West 43rd St., 10th Fl.  They are free and open to the public. Reservations: cazano@mcctheater.org

The Fresh Play Festival merges the talents of urban youth with professionals creating provocative, innovative and fresh theater. Below is a schedule of the play readings:

Friday, July 12th at 8pm

Red Door

By Lily Houghton

Directed by Jenna Worsham

With Dylan Clark Markshall (“The Following,” “The Carrie Diaries,” “30 Rock”) and Charlie Thurston(Trinity Rep, Baltimore Stage, Arden Theatre Co.)


Saturday, July 13th at 3pm


Over the Horizon

By Sasha Duprey

Directed by Margaret Hoffman

With Yadira Guevara-Prip (Rattlestick, Middle Voice, MCC Youth Company member) and Philippe Bowgen (Atlantic, The Shakespeare Theater Co., Guthrie)


Saturday, July 13th at 5pm


Adonis the Great and Icarus’s Wings

By Michael Sypa

Directed by Emily Zemba

With Tom Butler (“Fringe,” “The Killing,” “Flight 93”) and Terrell Sledge (Actors Theater of Louisville, Eugene O’Neill Memorial Theatre)


Sunday, July 14th at 3pm


All Rants and Prom Night Pep Talk

By Yadira Guevara-Prip

Directed by George Carruth

With Noah Brody (founder and Co-Artistic Director of Fiasco Theater; Into the Woods) and Lynnette Freeman (Arkansas Rep)


Sunday, July 14th at 5pm


Dennis and Sarah

By Isaiah Leaks

Directed by Steve DiUbaldo

With Rachel Christopher, (Trinity Rep, Fault Line, Williamstown Theater Fest), Peter Jay Fernandez(“House of Cards,” “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s Julius Caesar), Phyllis Stickney (Arkansas Rep, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, HBO’s “The History of Blacks in Comedy”)