I am proud to announce that Day Room Window will open at The New Hazlett Theater on October 16, 2014 for 8 performances. October 2014 is the perfect opening month since it coincides with Campaign for Youth Justice‘s National Youth Justice Awareness Month, when national attention will be focused on advocating for kids in adult prisons. Campaign for Youth Justice, a national advocacy organization based in Washington DC, is one of Day Room Window’s partners, as is Jeffrey Shook, a professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, who is an authority on incarcerated youth.
I have secured a rehearsal space at the Pittsburgh Mennonite Church and hired a talented local director and 4 young designers as part of the artistic team. Auditions will take place in late spring/ early summer. We will engage local college and university theatre departments as well as high schools and youth theatre companies to audition young talent.
I am deeply involved in building an audience for the play of people who will care about its issues. I have had conversations with the executive directors and/or staff at Gwen’s Girls, Kids Voice, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Girls Coalition, NCJW, Jewish Women’s Foundation, American Friends Service Committee, Three Rivers Community Foundation, PIIN, FISA Foundation, Sprout Fund, Pittsburgh Project, Pittsburgh Mennonite Church and Heinz Foundation.
We have begun drafting foundation requests, the first of which will be submitted in early January
Thank you for your support!