What does it mean to be a man in 2020? Acclaimed local director Nell Bang-Jensen brings together Philadelphia teens aged 12–15 to imagine their futures in an era where gender is fluid and masculinity is being re-examined.
Supported by a professional team of theater artists and designers, youth from a variety of backgrounds perform a playful and revelatory new work, the culmination of months of outreach, story circles, and workshops. Through games, fantasies, original songs, and in-the-moment contemplation of questions of desire and power, BOY PROJECT strips away the structures of traditional theater to examine and redefine our expectations of masculinity.
An exploration of a new generation, BOY PROJECT invites us to ponder how young men can express their gender in a way that privileges vulnerability and the full range of human emotions.
There will be a post-show conversation following the Sunday, May 17th matinee performance of BOY PROJECT.
The performance on Saturday, May 16 at 2pm will be a Relaxed Performance.
Member discounts available
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$60 3-show package
BOY PROJECT is a 2019 MAP Fund grantee, and was developed through the Camp Fringe residency supported by Independence Foundation. This work is also presented through the SPARK Series made possible by a leadership gift from the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Arts Education Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation. BOY PROJECT is supported by The Philadelphia Foundation’s Aurora’s Fund and Associate Producer, Michael Coleman with special thanks to: Charlie Hersh, Cara Blouin, Michelle Hong, Andrew Cheever, Justin Rose, Terry Guerin, Michelle Chaplin, Mary Beth Doyle, Scott Sheppard, Bree Bang-Jensen, Valerie and Lars Bang-Jensen, Hanna Caldwell, Amelia Zirin-Brown, Barbara Klock, Nancy Lanham, Nathan Hewitt, Lolya Lipchitz and Harold Kasimow, Lisa Kasimow, Edward Fischer, Sophie Kasimow and Leonard Haas.
About Nell Bang-Jensen
Nell Bang-Jensen has been making theater in Philadelphia for the past ten years and is the newly appointed Artistic Director of Theatre Horizon. She has created four full-scale original works, in addition to producing and directing for many of Philadelphia’s major theater institutions including FringeArts, Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Wilma, Pig Iron, and the Painted Bride. Nell has served as Associate Artistic Director of Pig Iron Theatre Company and on the artistic staff of the Wilma Theater. Her passion for making art outside of the usual theatrical circles guides much of her original work. THE CAREGIVERS premiered at Pig Iron last year and was made with Philadelphians who work as home health aides and hospice workers. Her upcoming BOY PROJECT, a play made with 12-15 year old boys about masculinity, is being produced by FringeArts as part of the High Pressure Fire Service Festival and was awarded a 2019 National MAP Fund grant. Nell is the recipient of a Next Stage Director’s Fellowship from the Drama League (2019), a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship (2011-2012), and a participant in Theatre Communication Group’s Leadership U: One-on-One program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications group; a national fellowship given to eight individuals who TCG believes are the core and future of theater. In October 2018, American Theatre magazine named her one of six “theatre workers to know” across the nation. Nell is also a Co-Founder of HATCH, an arts residency in Harrisville, New Hampshire that provides female-identifying and non-binary artists with time and space to create new theater. A graduate of Swarthmore College, Nell is also passionate about Education and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts.
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