Teen Night

This program is designed to combat the alarming trend of teen suicide in the southern Monmouth County region by creating a comfortable, supportive environment that provides teens with a variety of diverse activities.

To achieve this, the Theatre asks you to join us for a fun night of Improv at Algonquin Arts Theatre. Students 12 years of age and older are welcome to participate. Classes are scheduled to meet on select Friday evenings within the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters from 7:00pm-9:00pm:

Videographer Credit: Pen

Spring 2016

  • Friday, February 5, 2016 *
  • Friday, February 19, 2016
  • Friday, March 4, 2016
  • Friday, March 11, 2016 *
  • Friday, April 15, 2016
  • Friday, April 22, 2016 *

The evening will include a customized improv class instructed by professional teaching artists. Artists will base the improv activities on social issues that are appropriate for the class. Students can explore any one of the following areas: character development, bullying, emotional violence, peer pressure, pros & cons of labels and making choices. There is no cost to participate in this program, it's FREE!

Join us for a night of improv fun that creates a positive influence while enjoying good company and tasty snacks.

Pre-registration is not required.

* Select Spring 2016 Teen Night sessions will offer students an opportunity to participate in a viewing of a main stage title. Each presentation will focus on a subject matter of a specific social issue. Students who attend this event will view the performance presentation free of charge, as long as the student attends the performance with the Teen Night group (as scheduled). On these specific days, students will be given the option to participate in seeing the performance, at the discretion of a parent or guardian. Parent permission slip forms will be provided to be signed and returned on the day of class at check-in/start of class. Students who chose not to attend the performance will be offered another option to participate in a standard improvisation class with a teaching artist in our acting studio. Staff and teaching artists will be in attendance to supervise students who will be participating in either activity at the Algonquin Arts Theatre through the Teen Night program.

Friday, February 5, 2016
To Be Young, Gifted & Black

A Dunbar Repertory Company Production
Fast paced, powerful, touching and hilarious, this kaleidoscope of constantly shifting scenes, mood and images recreates the world of a great American woman and writer of A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry. Uniquely and boldly, the play dramatically weaves through her life experiences and the times that shaped her. The actors slip ingeniously into and out of a variety of challenging roles spanning her life and experiences to the ultimate confrontation when cancer strikes her. Includes brilliantly highlighted scenes from her plays as well as letters, diaries, poems and personal reminiscences in this play adapted by her husband, Robert Nemiroff. A long-running success of the 1968/69 Off-Broadway season, To Be Young, Gifted and Black is a major statement of the American Black experience.
*** Recommended for ages 14 & up.

Friday, March 11, 2016
10 Hairy Legs

A Professional Dance Company
As a dance company comprised of all men, 10 Hairy Legs performs many of this generation's most exceptional and highly regarded choreographers' work to showcase the extensive artistic range and versatility of the company. Their dances encourage meaningful dialogues about the male role in dance, gender roles in today's society, stereotypes, peer pressure, bullying, and just being different.
*** Recommended for all ages.

Friday, April 22, 2016
An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production, featuring the Algonquin Youth Ensemble

The Laramie Project, written by Moisès Kaufman, is a series of short scenes consisting of dialogue pulled from journal entries of company members, over 200 interviews of people in town, and news reports following the murder of a University of Wyoming gay student, Matthew Shepard, in 1998. The play examines the wide breadth of reactions to this incident and chronicles the life of Laramie for a year after its occurrence.

THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a play created by playwright and director Moisès Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.

*** Parent Advisory: This performance contains strong language and mature themes.

For further information, please contact Julie Nagy, Director of Arts Education, at julie@algonquinarts.org or 732.528.9224.

Teen Night is generously supported by
The Investors Foundation and The Provident Bank Foundation.

The Investors Foundation
The Provident Bank Foundation
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