DUTF Presents: Shenanigans A New Play by Helena D. Lewis

 16 May
 HERE Arts Center
 145 Sixth Ave - 10013 - New York - United States
 Helena D. Lewis
Downtown Urban Theater Festival Presents Shenanigans A New One-Woman Play Written and Performed by Helena D. Lewis (AUDELCO 2014 Solo Performance Winner for Call Me Crazy: Diary of A Mad Social Worker) Directed by Leslie "ButtaFlySoul" Taylor Saturday, May 16, 2015 HERE Arts Center 145 Sixth Avenue New York, NY 10013 Doors Open: 8:00 pm Show Time: 8:30 pm Advance Tickets: $18:00 For Tickets Visit www.dutfnyc.com Play Synopsis: While struggling to take care of her 82 year old father and his pimp like dog, Smokey, a "menopause baby" finds strength, humor, and resiliency in the unexpected loss of her mother. WHAT IS THE DUTF? CREATIVE. VIBRANT. PASSIONATE.These words aptly describe the past performances, as well as the future direction, of the Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF). The annual DUTF has an unwavering commitment to promote diversity in theater by showcasing urban theatrical expression. In 2001, DUTF was founded with the purpose to build a repertoire of new American theatre that echoes the true spirit of urban life and speaks to a whole new generation whose lives defy categorizing along conventional lines. That purpose has been realized many times over, as over 100 writers have created and refined their work for the stage and thousands of inspired audience members have applauded their performances. DUTF inaugurated the festival in 2002 at the HERE Arts Center in SoHo to help revitalize the NYC downtown arts scene, which, at the time, was experiencing a severe downturn due to the WTC disaster. DUTF treats New Yorkers, East Coasters and tourists to the best of new groundbreaking theatre created by writers from across the country. It gives writers from America’s burgeoning multicultural landscape the opportunity to share their stories that interpret our history and our times. It is a place where writers can create and refine their work for the stage. DUTF has been recognized as “one of the world’s best festivals for new works” and described as “not only prestigious, but a slice of heaven for playwrights who want the chance to freely express themselves.” (Lisa Mulcahy, Theater Festivals, Allworth Press, 2005) DUTF TEAM: T. Marc Newell - Producer Reg E. Gaines - Artistic Director Bill Toles - Production Manager (www.billtoles.com) Bardha Elshani - Assistant Production Manager DeVante Lewis - Coordinator Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez/Somos Arte - Graphic Design/Creative Director (www.somosarte.com) Bill Coyle - Publicity/Press Representative (coyleentertainment@gmail.com)

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