Cherry Lane Mentor Projects Announces Mentors & Playwrights

12/7/2016 2:13pm

Cherry Lane (Angelina Fiordellisi, Founding Artistic Director; Seri Lawrence, Janio Marrero, Producing Artistic Directors) has announced this year’s playwrights and mentors for their Mentor Project, culminating with fully-staged productions presented at Cherry Lane (38 Commerce St. in NYC) from Feb 22 to May 6, 2017.  This year’s mentors include Stephen Adly Guirgis, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Lucy Thurber. Ms Thurber will mentor Ren Dara Santiago, whose play THE SIBLINGS PLAY will kick off the 19th season of the Mentor Project, on February 22 – March 4. Three siblings fight to keep each other safe from the demons their parents created. For Mars, Leon and Marie, what defines family is survival. As love seems to leave them they begin to battle their own desires and destiny, praying at the end of the day they'll still have one another. Mr. Adly Guirgis will mentor Nathan Yungerberg whose play ESAI’S TABLE will be presented March 22 – April 1. Esai's Table follows the journey of three young black men on a mythical night sea journey atop a magical old table. Through artistic expression and personal revelations, we learn why they've been chosen to navigate this journey. Destiny meets eternity in this story of black lives, friendship, family, and love. And Mr. Jacobs-Jenkins will mentor Jocelyn Bioh whose play NOLLYWOOD DREAMS will be presented April 25 - May 6. In the 1990s, Nollywood (Nigerian film industry) is on the rise. Ayamma dreams of leaving her job at her parents’ travel agency and becoming a star. When she auditions for a new film by Nigeria's hottest director, tension flares with his former leading lady – as sparks fly with Nollywood’s biggest heartthrob. For tickets & more info, please visit www.cherrylanetheatre.org. Press contact: Joe Trentacosta/JT PR (212/575-0263)...