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The Hadar Foundation New Plays Project

The Richard & Mica Hadar Foundation, in collaboration with The Artful Conspirators, a Brooklyn-based theatre company focused on new works, will launch the New Plays Project in August with the staged readings of two new plays written by Hadar Scholars.  Each performance will feature Hadar Theatre Scholars and professionals from The Artful Conspirators as actors.  The staged readings will be directed by David A. Miller, Hadar Theatre Mentor and Artistic Director of The Artful Conspirators.

The Big Picture by Andrew Greer, a full length play, will receive a week-long workshop culminating in a public reading on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 7:00pm at Simple Studios inManhattan.  Embrace by Devonne Anais, a one act play, will be performed as a staged reading during the annual Hadar Foundation Celebration on Monday, August 8, 2011.

About the Plays & Playwrights

The Big Picture, a dark comedy by Andrew Greer, is the story of Junior Muffin, a troubled youth with a tenuous connection to reality.  With the help of a peculiar camera and his own resolve, Junior attempts to take control of his life for the first time by overcoming a parade of therapists, the death of his beloved Grandma, and the smothering love of his well-intentioned but misguided parents.

Andrew Greer (Playwright, Hadar Scholar) is a Brooklyn born actor, writer, and director. Andrew graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in acting. Since graduating in 2006 he has produced seven shows around NYC. These include productions in the New York International Fringe Festival, The Lower East Side Festival, at The Living Theatre and other venues.  Andrew co-founded Peer Pressure, which was a family friendly sketch comedy group that ran from 2008-2009 at the Broadway Comedy Club. Andrew has had three plays published; Me, Who?, Slaves for Sale, and Lycanthropia: Ramblings of a Werewolf.

Embrace by Devonne Anais (Heyward) is a glimpse into the dynamic, cross-generational friendship between Sanna, a free-spirited attorney in her early thirties, and Adrienne, an “old soul” emerging into adulthood.

Devonne Anais (Playwright, Hadar Scholar) is a dramatic writer living in East New York, Brooklyn. She is currently working on play about a blind young woman who becomes a youth pastor in an urban Baptist church. This fall she will begin studying child development with the intent to create educational children’s media.

About the Richard & Mica Hadar Foundation

Established in 1993 by Richard Hadar, Richard & Mica Hadar Foundation supports young artists and scholars by providing academic scholarships, mentoring and career guidance.  Hadar scholars are nominated by high schools and arts and community organizations in New York City. Candidates must have been accepted into a college program, be in need of financial assistance, and demonstrate ability in either the performing, literary or the visual arts.   Since its inception, Richard & Mica Hadar Foundation has provided scholarships to two hundred twenty-five students. Hadar scholars benefit from our mentoring program, which includes arts seminars and events. Our mentors are arts professionals who volunteer to help young artists in their chosen careers.  The Hadar Foundation is committed to offering a support system that instills in young artists confidence and self-awareness, and helps them embark on their careers.

About The Artful Conspirators

The Artful Conspirators are a Brooklyn-based theatre company focused on creating new works with the audience as a participant in the theatre-making process.  The Open Rehearsal Series gives the audience the chance to see a work-in-progress.  The third installment of the series (August 15 & 19) will feature Journeyman of Breuckelen by David A. Miller, featuring a storyteller who learns the unsettling story of a small community in 1600s Dutch Brooklyn.   In the fall the Conspirators will perform Brooklyn Underground: Theatrical Stories from the Green-Wood Cemetery, an original “docu-portrait” of those who work in and around the cemetery as well as the “permanent residents” of the historical cemetery.  The premiere of Leaving IKEA: Cantos I & II will be at the Brooklyn Lyceum in May 2012.  The play tells the tale of couples trapped in various levels of IKEA as purgatory, forced to solve the issues of their relationship before they are released from the clutches of the behind-the-scenes forces which control IKEA.

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