Figures in the Find | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi

They’re not exactly heroes.

Instead, the actions of the main characters in Up Theater Company’s latest play go from questionable to reprehensible.

But playwright Kirby Fields doesn’t want you to like them.

“I hope, at the end, the audience would understand why they did what they did, even if they don’t necessarily agree with it,” he said.

Lost/Not Found takes place in Washington Heights. Three people down on their luck find a missing young woman and hold her as the reward for her return rises.

The play is inspired by a story that dominated the news until its tragic conclusion. An autistic child, Avonte Oquendo, walked out of his Long Island City high school one October afternoon and was nowhere to be found. His parents pleaded for his safe return.

Read more: Figures in the Find | Manhattan Times


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