Project Girl Performance Collective will debut TRAFFICKED, Created by Members of Project Girl Performance Collective and Directed by Ashley Marinaccio, for six performances between June 4 and June 23. The play tells the story of fifteen girls "in the life".
The show is Written and Performed by Aya Abdelaziz (18, Manhattan, NY), Deanna Alexandra (17, Long Island), Georgie Exinord (15, Harlem, NY) Dominique Fishback (21, Brooklyn, NY), Jaida Foreman (14, Brooklyn NY) Monica Furman (17, Brooklyn, NY), Tracey Hassel (21, Manhattan, NY) Molly Kirschner (18, Montville NJ) Samantha Phillips (17, Warwick NY) Tiff Roma (21, Manhattan, NY) Karen Vigo (20, Bronx, NY) Sophie Walker (15, Brooklyn NY) Danielle Walker (21, Brooklyn NY), Chioneso Bakr (16, Brooklyn NY), Mildred VictoRia Jones-Hamm (21, Brooklyn NY), Jael Charles (17, Manhattan, NY), Noelia Mann (19, Morristown, NJ)
Project Girl Performance Collective is pleased to announce that friends of Project Girl Gloria Steinem and Nigel Barker will be joining us for TRAFFICKED, directed by Ashley Marinaccio and produced by human rights advocate Jessica Greer Morris, as part of the 4th Annual Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. The Festivity will take place May 30th through June 24th at The Theatres at 45 Bleecker in New York City. Gloria Steinem will be present for the June 16th performance at 4:30 pm and Nigel Barker will come to the June 21st performance at 5:00pm.
Trafficked tells the story sex slavery and child exploitation through the eyes of fifteen young women. In an ensemble devised performance constructed by interviews, research and media, the cast puts a name and face to the undocumented girls and boys who are trafficked into the billion dollar sex industry each year.
Produced by Jessica Greer Morris and Stage Managed by Christa Noelle, the show is Assistant Directed by Sydney Arndt with Lighting Design by Yael Lubetzky, Projection and Media Design by Gil Sperling, Set Design by Tijana Bjelajac and Costumes by Ilaney Fields.
ASHLEY MARINACCIO (Director) Ashley is an activist and artist dedicated to creating theatre that challenges the status quo. She has numerous New York, Regional and National Tour directing, playwriting and performing credits. In addition to Project Girl Performance Collective, Ashley is a founder of Co-Op Theatre East (www.cooptheatreeast.org), alumna of Hemispheric Institute's EMERGENYC Fellowship, American Theatre Wing's Springboard NYC and proud member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Most recently, Ashley gave a TED Talk at Columbia University's Teacher's College. Visit www.ashley-marinaccio.com for more information.
JESSICA GREER MORRIS (Producer) Jessica is a published playwright who wrote and starred in a New York Times-acclaimed one-woman show and has produced work for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women conference, Samuel French One-Act Competition, NYC Fringe Festival, and the Estrogenius Festival. Jessica is also a principal at Man Up, a global youth-led campaign to stop violence against women that she helped launch in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup with 100 young activists from twenty-five countries. In 2012, Jessica was listed in Newsweek at one of the 150 Fearless Women Who "Shake Up the World" with Oprah, Lady Gaga and Hillary Clinton.
PROJECT GIRL PERFORMANCE COLLECTIVE Project Girl Performance Collective uses theater as a means to empower young women to become the architects of their own lives. We use a human rights based curriculum to help young women explore their own challenging circumstances, as well as those of their peers around the world. Our goal is help young women become brave, confident, supportive, socially conscious leaders. Visit Project Girl Performance Collective online at www.projectgirlperformancecollective.org.
THE PLANET CONNECTIONS THEATRE FESTIVITY is New York's premiere eco-friendly theatre festival. Fostering a diverse cross-section of performances, the festival seeks to inspire artists and audiences both creatively and fundamentally, in a festive atmosphere. At the heart of the festivity are like-minded individuals striving to create professional, meaningful theatre, while supporting organizations, which give back to the community at large.