- Two of the Best Actor and Best Actress nominees in the Ben Vereen Awards this year will be performing;
- Playwright Elizabeth Irwin was produced at the San Diego Rep (the Critics Circle Awarded My Mañana Comes) and had a reading at the La Jolla Playhouse within the last season;
- Creator Blake McCarty was nominated for a Critics Circle award in projection design for Return to the Forbidden Planet at New Village Arts;
- Playwrights Zoe Sarnak and Emily Kaczmarek are developing a project at the New York Musical Festival this summer;
- The show was commissioned by New York University after the success of Off-Broadway’s Play/Date, also created by Blake McCarty, which the New York Times claimed is “broadening the definition of theater” and Time Out New York calls “the next level of immersive theater”;
- HALL PASS present multiple viewpoints on social issues, including teen pregnancy, body image, prescription drug use, school shootings, gender fluidity, and sexual orientation — all while encouraging the audience to find humor wherever possible and allowing the audience and actors alike to start a dialogue about struggles our youth currently face;
- The plays were developed based on research and surveys completed by students in San Diego, Dallas, Chicago, West Virginia, and New York City; and workshopped at schools in San Diego and New York City, including El Camino High School, Canyon Crest Academy and SCPA;
- Mark Scott, the drama teacher at Rancho Buena Vista High School working on the show, is one of the most well-respected theatre teachers in the county (if not state) and his daughter will be performing in the show — which will mark her very last performance at the school.
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New Village Arts Presents HALL PASS with Rancho Buena Vista High School
New Village Arts’ HALL PASS is an exciting, immersive, site-specific performance event created exclusively for high school students. HALL PASS will transform Rancho Buena Vista High School into a theatrical playground as students perform new, short works offering insight and perspective on the lives of teenagers in the twenty-first century.
This “choose-your-own-adventure” night of theatre features new plays and musicals by Willa Bassen & Nick Robertson, David Dabbon & Gabriel Jason Dean, Melissa Gawlowski, Elizabeth Irwin, Katherine James, Emily Kaczmarek, Natalie Lovejoy, Blake McCarty & Zoe Sarnak, Penny Middleton, Gregg Parratto & Jamie Roach, Vickie Ramirez, and Jennie Webb. Audience members will receive a guide and be able to choose which theatrical path they will take for the night.
HALL PASS was created by Blake McCarty with a commission from New York University. The short plays are directed by Mr. McCarty, Mark Scott, and Caroline Floto with musical direction by Lyndon Pugeda.
Sponsors of HALL PASS include the California Arts Council’s Artists in Schools program, Wells Fargo Bank and The Nordson Foundation.
HALL PASS at Rancho Buena Vista High School (1601 Longhorn Drive, Vista)
Commissioned by New York University, produced by New Village Arts –Friday, June 3rd
Please Note: the play contains intelligent and well-chosen profanity and some intense situations – much like high school.
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