PEOPLE’S THEATRE PROJECT presents “PARDON OUR APPEARANCE”
A new bilingual and interactive theatre event based on the performer’s true stories of gentrification.
November 21 & 22, 2014 at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center.
A group of Northern Manhattan residents are taking to the stage with their new play Pardon Our Appearance to speak out about the effects of gentrification in NYC communities. Community-based organization People’s Theatre Project is developing the play, based on the community actors’ true stories. The play will be presented in an interactive and bilingual community-brainstorming event on Friday, November 21st and Saturday, November 22nd at 7:30pm at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center (530 West 166th St). Admission for both performances is Pay-What-You-Can. For more information and to reserve tickets call 646.398.9062 or visit www.PTP.nyc
Pardon Our Appearance features two short plays performed by 12 Spanish and English-speaking adult community members. Each play takes a unique look at injustices and disparities, big and small, taking place in a neighborhood affected by gentrification. The plots are taken directly from the stories shared by the group and reflect pressing issues that residents of NYC neighborhoods are currently facing. Following each of the rehearsed plays, a community brainstorming session will take place where audience members are invited onstage to experiment with alternative solutions to the challenges portrayed in the plays.
Pardon Our Appearance is the fifth annual production created and performed by People’s Theatre Project’s Uptown Action program participants. Past issues addressed have included domestic violence, abusive and neglectful landlords, unjust deportations, and bullying. The productions often ignite passionate and sometimes unexpected responses from the community audiences. The actors do practice for the moments when the audience volunteers step in as the lead roles, but it’s impossible to prepare for every new idea. “The most challenging audience interventions are when children join the scene”, says Co-Executive and Program Director Mino Lora. “Their lack of inhibitions allow them to come up with some really out of the box solutions that could actually be effective in the real world.”