Andy’s Summer Playhouse to perform two original teen productions

Published: 7/18/2019 9:55:05 AM

Andy’s Summer Playhouse will host the original teen productions of “Ripe Frenzy” and “URL vs. IRL” over the next two weekends.

Comprised of the same troupe of teenagers, the productions will take place for three nights each, over the next two weekends. As a part of the Summer of Rebellion, these shows explore a more mature look into technology, adolescence, and what it means to create relationships digitally and organically.

“With a batch of amazingly committed teens, we are building two teen shows, back-to-back, that explore digital communication, high school culture, and relationships inside today’s technological culture,” said Jared Mezzocchi, director of Ripe Frenzy. “[Ripe Frenzy] is a beautifully written play that challenges us as a community to comprehend how we – as a society of parents and children – must learn to cope, converse, evolve, and overcome this epidemic of violence in our school systems. The show is a teen show: it involves mature content and language, and involves Andy’s children working alongside three professional actors.”

“Ripe Frenzy” is written by Jennifer Barclay and directed by Mezzocchi and brings us to Tavistown, New York, where a recent tragedy has rocked the community to its core. Narrator and town historian, Zoe, recounts the days leading up to the incident, as the high school prepares for the semi-annual production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” Barclay’s new play is a stunning narrative about community in the wake of unspeakable devastation.

“Ripe Frenzy” is best for audiences ages 13 and up due to mature themes of gun violence, mental illness, and healing from community trauma and runs from July 18 through July 20. Shows are 7:30 p.m. at Andy’s Summer Playhouse.

“URL vs. IRL” is the second teen show and is directed by Jonathan David Martin and written by Martin with Derek Christiansen, Anna’le Hornak and the teen ensemble, explores what is more real, the lives that we lead in “the real world”or “the online world.” Combining the use of high-tech gaming technology and low-tech theatricality, “URL vs. IRL” will follow a group of teenage characters as their lives intersect and collide online and off.

“For every adult that’s wondered what it’s like for a generation that has always had the internet at their fingertips, “URL vs. IRL” explores teen online lives in a way that [adults have] never seen before,” says Martin. “It’s a show created by the experts on this subject, namely the teen actors themselves. I think the story we’re telling, and the surprising way we’re telling it, will blow audiences away.”

“URL vs. IRL”, best for audiences of all ages, runs July 25-27, at 7:30 p.m. at Andy’s Summer Playhouse. All performances followed by talkbacks with the children.

General admission tickets fare $16 for adults and $8 for youth/seniors aged 18 & under and 65 & up, and may be purchased at www.andyssummerplayhouse.org, at the Andy’s Summer Playhouse box office, or (603) 654-2613.


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