Rising Youth Theatre presents “Under the Rug” plays in parks based on living rooms

ising Youth Theatre presents “Under the Rug” plays in city parks (Submitted photo)

Rising Youth Theatre presents “Under the Rug” plays in city parks (Submitted photo)

People are invited to see plays outside that are based on living room settings, presented by Rising Youth Theatre, a theatre company that creates socially relevant original plays with youth.

The premiere of “Under the Rug” will be held at 7:30 p.m., today and tomorrow at Verde Park in the Garfield neighborhood on 9th Street and Van Buren; and June 4 and 5 in Coronado Park in the Coronado neighborhood on 12th Street and Palm Lane.

The outdoor performance will explore “living room stories” with the community, and is supported by a grant from Arizona Humanities, according to a press release, noting that the performances not only offer an opportunity to see the show, but engages community members in conversation.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a family photo, a memory, or an object from their living rooms to share with the ensemble made up of Playwright Sigrid Gilmer who worked with a team of Rising Youth Theatre artists of all ages regarding stories about living rooms, the release said. Members and attendees will share memories and stories in the parks about what happens in the private family spaces, according to the press release.

Families are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket, a picnic, while getting to know about neighbors and their living room experiences. The three short plays are directed by a youth and adult director, a team of youth and adult artists also make up the ensemble of performers, designers, and technical crew.

The performance is free but donations are accepted. Tickets can be reserved at risingyouththeatre.org or undertherug.eventbrite.com.


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