Now in its third year, the Waterwell New Works Lab is one of the signature collaborations between NYC professional artists and public school students at the Professional Performing Arts School. Designed to stimulate the creation of high-quality, new plays for young actors, the Lab offers emerging and established playwrights the chance to develop their work with the support of professional directors and designers and a cast of exceptionally talented high school artists.
This November, we are proud to announce A. Rey Pamatmat’s (EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM) A SPARE ME for a world premiere as New Works Lab at PPAS’ third installment. And this year, Mr. Pamatmat has written a play specifically for the entire Senior class of PPAS. Longtime collaborator Pat Diamond directs.
This year's production is the most ambitious NWL show to date, with over twice as many public school students participating. And we need your help more than ever. Please donate to our Kickstarter campaign today and share this link. The production of A. Rey Pamatmat's A SPARE ME opens at PPAS on Nov 14th and depends on funds raised through this campaign. Please support the performing arts for young people by helping us reach our goal of $8,000.
Both the 2011 inaugural production of EMMA by Stephen Karam (SPEECH & DEBATE, SONS OF THE PROPHET) and the 2012 production of NOTHING IS THE END OF THE WORLD (EXCEPT THE END OF THE WORLD) by Bekah Brunstetter proved resonating successes. Playscripts, Inc. published both scripts, listing the PPAS productions as the original cast and creative team. Waterwell's annual New Works Lab presents stripped down, actor-centric productions that add to the canon of thematically rich, complex and original scripts and roles for student actors. Waterwell's educational mission is to deliver the highest caliber theatre training available to young artists in the nation. Central to that mission is preparing students to be full participants in their profession and to make their own contributions to the canon of new American plays.
Risks and challenges
Every year we hear about the risks and challenges that come with arts programming and arts education. Throughout the country, funding has been cut and diminished to record lows.
With Waterwell and it's New Works Lab at PPAS, we bring high level production value to young artists...for free. The challenges have always been in raising money so that each student gets an exceptional experience doing work at a professional level with professionals.
This Kickstarter campaign will help bring this amazing production to fruition.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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