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52nd Street Brunch

The mighty YOUNGBLOOD SUNDAY BRUNCH returns for a new season!

We’re kicking it off with a very special episode – new plays about our neighborhood, our stomping grounds, our traditional haunts: 52nd Street. And to do it, we’re collaborating with Hell’s Kitchen’s own, beloved 52nd Street Project!

The 52nd Street Project was founded by Ensemble Studio Theatre member Willie Reale in 1981, who reached out to the children of the neighborhood by creating theatrical endeavors specifically for them at EST. The Project has long since moved down the block as an independent not-for-profit organization, and continues to match the kids (age 9 to 18) of Hell’s Kitchen with professional theater artists to create original theater.

For the last couple years, Youngblood playwrights have been participating as guest artists at the 52nd Street Project. Now we’ve invited kids from the Project to come work with us!

Each participating playwright met with one of the Project kids, and then wrote a new play specially for them to perform in:


Five new plays about Hell’s Kitchen from:

Michael LEW
Emily Chadick WEISS

Original songs by: Matt SCHATZ

Written for and featuring 52nd Street Project guest artists: Victor Cortes, Nicole Fargardo, Mark Gamero, Joshua Joya and Merlaine Mendez

Directed by: John Giampetro, Kel Haney, Giovanna Sardelli, R.J. Tolan* and Moritz von Stuelpnagel

Featuring: Rob Askins, Dustin Chinn, Jackie Chung, Quincy Confoy, Cathy Curtin*, Will Harper*, Bryan Mason, Bobby Moreno, Eileen Rivera, Lance Rubin, Maureen Sebastian, Matt Sincell and Scott Sowers*

*Denotes member of EST

Earlier Event: September 9
Going to the River 2009: Series B
Later Event: October 8
Asking For Trouble 2009: Series A