New York City
Vols. XII & XIII
Benefiting the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre
Vol. XII: Tuesday, February 24 thru Sunday, February 29th, 2004
Vol. XIII: Tuesday March 2 thru March 7th, 2004
theAtrainplays is a popular, consistently sold-out theatrical event. Produced by Atrainproductions in association with the Neighborhood
Playhouse School of the Theatre, theAtrainplays are a celebration of New York, created by six teams while traveling the entire route of the A train
from 207th Street & Broadway to Far Rockaway.
On Monday evening, February 23rd, three librettists will hop on the A train at 207th Street
and begin writing the books for three 15-minute musicals, all set on the A
train. Before each of the teams begin their journeys, they pick a number
between 3 and 5 to set the number of characters, then chose that number of
headshots through a blind draw to determine who is in each piece. When
the librettists reach the Far Rockaway stop, they randomly select, through
another blind draw, their collaborative lyricists, composers and
choreographers, who have been awaiting their arrival at a nearby
McDonalds! At Far Rockaway, 3 playwrights join the train for the journey
back to 207th Street while creating their own 10 minute one-act plays,
also set on the A train. Six directors meet the creators at 207th Street
and they all proceed to Columbus Circle where they meet the pre-selected
actors, decipher their scribbles, copy the scripts and begin rehearsals.
They have until show time THE NEXT DAY, Tuesday night, February 24th at
8:00 p.m. to develop these works into the 6 exciting new theatrical
experiences to be shared with the audience at the Neighborhood Playhouse.
theAtrainplays vol. XIII, will follow the same format. The show be
written on Monday, March 1st, 2004 and performed for the first time
Tuesday 3/2/04 and run the same schedule as above thru Sunday, March 7th, 2004.