The Brick Theater, Inc. and Glasswork Productions present The Collected Rules of Gifted Camp
Since their origins in the early 1980’s, academic summer programs for gifted teenagers have proliferated across the United States, and indeed around the world. Fueled by an increasingly competitive college admissions process, easy access to standardized qualifying tests, and parental anxiety over children’s future career prospects, these programs capitalize as well on teens’ longstanding desires to escape from adult supervision and suburban boredom. The Collected Rules of Gifted Camp explores the way these new trends collide with and transform the traditional American pastime of summer camp.
Annie, Leila, and Kevin, age 15, have been counting the days until they arrive at their summer destination, a highly selective academic program for gifted teens. Dodging flying peppermints, deformed Noxema jars, kidnappers, claw-knives, aggressive squirrels, the ever-present threat of swine flu, not to mention their counselor, Rose, the campers doggedly pursue their respective Camp Goals – until the unexpected happens, at the Saturday night costume dance.
Written by: Valerie Work
Direction: Annie Tippe
Costume Design: Eleot Reich
Featuring: Hollis Beck, Andrew R. Butler, Lena Hudson, & Ryann Weir
Valerie Work is a New York City based playwright. Her plays, which include A Week at the NJ Shore, A Meditation on The Misanthrope: 10 Years Later, My Book of Storms, The Fighting Frogs vs. Victoria Vanderbilt, A Wonderfully Flat Thing, “Rrrrr Argh Blech,” and “Crossing the Cow Field,” have been staged, read or fully produced at venues such as Classic Stage Company; Walkerspace; Dixon Place; the 14th Street Y; The Bushwick Starr; Brooklyn Arts Exchange; Under St. Marks; manhattantheatresource; Manhattan Repertory Theatre; the Boston Center for the Arts; Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis; the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in Minneapolis; the Goggleworks in Reading, PA; The Pulse Performing Arts Studio in Bedford Hills, NY; Brooklyn College; Yale University; Georgetown University and Washington College.
Ms. Work was named a Semi-Finalist for the 2011 Bonderman Symposium and an excerpt of The Fighting Frogs vs. Victoria Vanderbilt was presented there in April 2011. Her work has been published in The Midway Journal, The Book of Estro, and The Brooklyn Review. She has completed residencies at the Espy Foundation in Washington State, the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She holds a B.A. from Yale and an MFA from Brooklyn College, where she studied with Mac Wellman. A veteran of multiple “gifted camps” as first camper and later instructor, she is now a test prep tutor. www.valeriework.com
Performances May 16, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 8pm All tickets: $18
Only at The Brick, 575 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
All tickets available at www.bricktheater.com or by calling Theatermania (212-352-3101)
Only at The Brick
Winner of The New York Innovative Theatre Awards’ 2009 Caffe Cino Fellowship Award!
The Brick is located at 575 Metropolitan Avenue (between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on the L & G subway lines (L: Lorimer stop; G: Metropolitan stop). For more detailed directions & further information, visit http://www.bricktheater.com. The Brick and its non-profit company, The Brick Theater, Inc. were founded in September of 2002 by Robert Honeywell and Michael Gardner. Formerly an auto-body shop, a storage space and a yoga center, this brick- walled garage was completely refurbished into a state-of-the-art theater complex, with a large sprung floor and professional lighting and sound package.
Winner of THE 2009 CAFFE CINO FELLOWSHIP AWARD, The Brick is Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s destination for cutting-edge theatrical experience. Home to the critically acclaimed premieres of Bouffon Glass Menajoree (NY IT Award Winner—Outstanding Play), Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (NY IT Award Winner—Outstanding Play), Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury (NY IT Award Nominee—Outstanding Performance Art Production), Greed: A Musical Love $tory (NY IT Award Nominee—Outstanding Musical), Red Cloud Rising, Theatre of the Arcade and Suspicious Package (NY IT Award Nominee—Outstanding Play), The Brick has hosted some of downtown theater’s most innovative artists, including Annie Baker, Young Jean Lee, The Debate Society, Banana Bag & Bodice, Thomas Bradshaw, and Jollyship the Whiz-Bang’s Nick Jones. The Brick has also hosted The Iranian Theater Festival, The Comic Book Theater Festival, Fight Fest, Game Play: A Celebration of Video Game Theater, five years of the international NY Clown Theatre Festival, Gemini CollisionWorks’ August repertory festival (The Collisionworks), The Too Soon Festival, The Antidepressant Festival, You’re Welcome, Adventure Quest, The Nosemaker’s Apprentice, The Protestants, The Granduncle Quadrilogy, Lord Oxford Presents the Second American Revolution, Live!, Third Lows’ 2-year Penny Dreadful serial, Richard Foreman’s Harry in Love, The Film Festival: A Theater Festival, Babylon Babylon, Notes from Underground, Bitch Macbeth, A Thought about Raya, World Gone Wrong, The Pretentious Festival (including Every Play Ever Written and Macbeth without Words), Strom Thurmond Is Not a Racist/Cleansed, The Death of Griffin Hunter, Untitled Theater Co. #61’s Havel Festival, Sexadelic Cemetery, The Kung Fu Importance of Being Earnest, The $ellout Festival, Adventures of Caveman Robot, The Baby Jesus One-Act Jubilee, Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, The Moral Values Festival, World Gone Wrong, Tupperware Orgy, Bizarre Science Fantasy, Who Is Wilford Brimley? The Musical, Jenna is nuts, Habitat, In a Strange Room (based on William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying), Assurbanipal Babilla’s Assyrian Monkey Fantasy and Stanislaw Witkiewicz’s The Pragmatists.
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