New Beginnings – by Wendy White – A Play by the Children, for the Children
Saturday, 05/11/2013, 08:00 pm – 10:00 pm
1350 East Sunrise Boulevard,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
â€œNew Beginningsâ€ by Wendy White, a Play by the Children, for the Children premieres at ArtServe on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
New Light Theatre is proud to present â€œNew Beginningsâ€, an original play written and developed by the children residing at the Shepherds Way/HOPE South Florida homeless shelter. The children will showcase their acting and singing talents, as they remind the audience that art transcends any circumstance.
â€œNew Beginningsâ€ will be performed by the children and will be accompanied by the New Light Players â€“ Jessica Pusceddu, Gema Calero and Gabriel Villasmil. Original art by the children will be on exhibit and a film produced by Anais Dominguez portraying the making of â€œNew Beginningsâ€ will be featured.
Wendy White, President of the New Light Foundation, Inc, directs and produces this labor of love as a result of a dream to help children learn to express themselves via the medium of playwrighting. Wendy has been working year-round at the shelter in the childrenâ€™s after school program, “ACES” (After-school – Art – Academics- Collaborations for Educational Success), and will ultimately present a documentary which shares the childrenâ€™s hopes and dreams through their eyes.
â€œI am deeply honored to help the children who participate in the ACES program and reside at the homeless shelter how to express and share their stories â€“ the programâ€™s goal is to give the children hope by being heard and encouraged through their circumstances – what results is a creative way to have fun and joy through the arts,â€ states Wendy, also a Playwright and Artist.
Donations are accepted for the children and their families residing at Shepherdâ€™s Way/HOPE South Florida. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at: www.newlightgallery.org or over the phone at: 954.829.0638.
â€œIf you reach for the stars, all you get are the stars. But weâ€™ve found a whole new spin. If you reach for the heavens, you get the stars thrown in.â€ â€”Mary Poppins
â€œHOPE South Florida is a partnership, a lead organization in a network of partner churches and organizations working together to provide a holistic Christian response to homelessness in our community. The Shepherd’s Way/HOPE South Florida provides shelter and life skill classes to homeless and hurting families throughout Broward County crossing denominational lines, Protestants and Catholics alike came together, united to serve individuals and families living on the streets.â€ For more information visit:https://www.hopesouthflorida.org/
The playwright and director, Wendy White has written over 120 one-act plays and was a resident playwright, curator and director at the Kraine Theater in the East Village of New York City from 1984 to 1992, and at the Expanded Arts Theater Company from 1994 to 2001, in the Lower East Side of New York City. Her off-Broadway productions are the base for her new venue at the New Light Theatre. She recently produced The Jewish Nun to sold-out audiences in Off-Broadwayâ€™s 59e59 Theatre and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.
In 2009, the New Light Foundation, Inc. represented the United States as Art Ambassadors by the 1-2-3 Kinderlachen e.V. foundation of Rottenburg, Germany by hosting the international â€œGlobal Galleryâ€ project (www.123kinderlachen.org). During the course of this important project, the â€œworldâ€™s biggest canvasâ€ emerged; painted by children â€“ transcending all borders and conflicts.
The New Light Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit public foundation, has won numerous awards around the globe, has performed everywhere from Amsterdam to Paris; from Miami to Los Angeles to New York City; and has tackled subjects relating to women, love, politics, and Shakespeare. More information about the writer and director, Wendy White can be found on her website:www.newlightgallery.org.
Wendy White would like to thank Vanessa Garcia, Artistic Director of Krane, Inc. for all her support in the process of developing New Beginnings – In 2010, Garcia, the Founding Artistic Director of Krane, Inc. was named one of Miami’s 20 Under 40 by The Miami Herald for her work in theatre. For more information about Garcia, please visit: www.vanessagarcia.org
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.
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