Flint Youth Theatre to Premiere Original Production About Flint

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Play seeks to redefine the city and facilitate important conversations

What’s in a name? What defines a city? What makes a place home? Flint Youth Theatre seeks to explore these questions in their new original production, The Most (Blank) City in America, which opens this Saturday, April 16 and will run through Sunday, May 1. The play was written by FYT’s Playwright-in-Residence, Andrew Morton, and will be directed by Jeremy Winchester, FYT’s Executive Artistic Director.

Morton and a team of researchers and artists have worked on the creation of the play throughout the past year. As part of the creative process, they held 17 “story circles,” open events across the city of Flint where residents and community members could gather to talk about their thoughts and feelings on the city, its challenges, its successes and what it means to them personally to have a connection to Flint.

The Most (Blank) City in America will be performed in collaboration with Tapology and Raise it Up! Youth Arts & Awareness. Flint Youth Theatre will also be joined on stage by Fly-Town Puppet Theatre, a program of Mott Middle College.
There will be 10 public performances of the production:

Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m.
Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m. – performance will be ASL interpreted
Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m.
Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m.

Prior to the performance on Sunday, May 1, there will be a brief conversation with the playwright and members of the creative team at 1 p.m. Immediately following the performance there will be light refreshments available and a community symposium will be held beginning at approximately 3 p.m. The symposium will be facilitated by Michael Rohd of the nationally recognized Center for Performance and Civic Practice, who collaborated with FYT on the creation of 2014’s 9xNourished.

Tickets for all performances are available online, http://tickets.thewhiting.com/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=6452, or at the door. For attendees interested in attending the conversation and symposium on Sunday, May 1, a limited number of complimentary tickets are available with RSVP by April 22 to info@flintyouththeatre.org

For more information on the performances, please call the Flint Youth Theatre office at 810-237-1350

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