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From the Porch – Playhouse on Park’s Playwrights on Park

September 23, 6:00 pm

GRIT by Nick Malakhow

Join us for a play reading of this new work. Includes a post-show talkback with the playwright, director, and the cast.

GRIT Synopsis At Dunston-Hall Academy, Raymond Castillo, a returning junior, and Sasha Gomez, a new sophomore, meet and bond over being two of the “scholarship kids” at a mostly white boarding school, the stupid stuff their white hallmates say, feeling like fish out of water both at home and at DHA, and their passions for music and art. Their growing friendship is tested, however, when they must navigate a series of personal tragedies, uncomfortable revelations, and betrayals as the fall semester unfolds.

Rain date: Thursday, September 24.

Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic including beverages.

Schedule

6 pm        Gates open
6:30 pm   Performance begins

Tickets

Tickets are available on the Playhouse on Park website.
PURCHASE TICKETS

In-person tickets  |  $25 per person
Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the gate. Questions? Contact Jennifer Mooney (mooneyj@hillstead.org)

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Nick Malakhow (he/him/his) is a Dominican and Ukrainian writer and theater educator based in Boston. His full-length play, Seeing Eye, was developed with Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago and Fresh Ink in Boston and was a finalist for the 2019 O’Neill NPC, the 2018 LTC/HowlRound Carnaval and the 2020 In-Progress Reading Series at the Unicorn Theatre. His other work has been developed or produced by the Quarantine Series, Theatre@First, the Open Theatre Project, the Q Collective, and as part of the 2018 Boston Theater Marathon. Nick was a Company One Playlab Unit member for C1’s 2019 season. He has also taught theater, English, and creative writing at the secondary level for over ten years in the greater Philly and Boston areas. He grew up in the diverse town of Teaneck, New Jersey. BA: Swarthmore College, MA: Emerson College

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From the Porch, Hill-Stead’s new multicultural performing arts series is a diverse and dynamic showcase featuring music, dance, theater, and more. Building on the success of Hill-Stead’s indoor events and nationally acclaimed Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, the inclusive programming will take place on our 152-acre campus. The experiential events will happen several nights per week and be open to audiences of all ages.

Hill-Stead will kick off the inaugural series with a venerable celebration of the Year of the Woman to coincide with the centennial of women’s suffrage. Our signature events will amplify women’s crucial role in history.


Our grateful thanks to the following sponsors who are helping to make the From the Porch series possible


LEAD SPONSOR


PRESENTING SPONSORS

The Richard P. Garmany Fund at The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving


SUPPORTING SPONSORS

Comcast

Farmington Valley Arts Center

Harvey & Lewis Opticians

Kemper Associates Architects

Thomaston Savings Bank

Updike Kelly & Spellacy


FRIEND SPONSORS

ChristmasWishCT.org

Farmington Family Dentistry

Jan-Gee McCollam

Northeast Surety, LLC

Ohanesian/Lecours

Shredneck LLC

Please consider joining us as a sponsor of this series and be a part of this shared endeavor to bring the arts to the community. You will provide a much-needed boost to Connecticut’s incomparable cultural organizations and art providers. Every sponsor will be recognized all season long on Hill-Stead’s web and email promotion and onsite signage. See the Sponsorship Registration Form

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