The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) will stage its next performance: May 11-14. Performances will take place at 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, in AS220’s Blackbox at 95 Empire Street in downcity Providence. The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) is a non-profit organization that unites children living in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood with local theater professionals to create original plays together. The Manton Avenue Project’s mission is to nurture the unique potential of kids living in Olneyville through playmaking. Each of MAP’s out-of-school time programs is focused on playwriting education, mentorship, and bringing the creative voices of young people to the stage.
The Farm-to-Table Play Festival is the culminating production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2017 Playmaking program, an afterschool playwriting course held at MAP’s Clubhouse in Olneyville. Ten young playwrights, all 3rd graders, each worked with a dramaturge (grown-up playwriting mentor) to write a new play that explores the theme of local farms and local food. For this project, The Manton Avenue Project partnered with Farm Fresh RI. MAP students took field trips to the Farm Fresh warehouse and to Southside Community Land Trust's City Farm.