The Stargate Theatre Company in rehearsal for 5 Minutes to Midnight.
The Stargate Theatre Company in rehearsal for 5 Minutes to Midnight.
(© photo provided by Stargate Theatre 2017 Sharon Sullivan Company)

Stargate Theatre, a project of Manhattan Theatre Club's education program, will present free performances of the original piece, 5 Minutes to Midnight on August 18 at 7pm, and August 19 at 4pm and 7pm at New York City Center - Stage II. Both Saturday performances will be followed by a talkback onstage with the performer-writers, and Saturday's 7pm performance will be broadcast in real time through Facebook Live.

Stargate Theatre — a project of MTC Education's Giving Voice initiative — employs young men with a history of involvement in the justice system to write, rehearse, and perform a theatrical piece that reflects their collective identity and their aspirations, ideas, and fears about themselves and the world. Company members are guided by Stargate's co-artistic directors, Emmy Award winner and playwright Judy Tate and director Stephen DiMenna.

5 Minutes to Midnight is a modern retelling of a classic myth. Through original scenes, stories, and poetry written and performed by the members of Stargate Theatre's 2017 Sharon Sullivan Company, this new work explores the bonds between friends and the relationships between fathers and sons.

Reservations for those who want to attend either performance in person can be made before noon on August 17.

For more information and to make a reservation, click here.