Now in its third year, Project Transform brings together high school students from across Connecticut to create and perform a theatre piece that explores the idea of transformation of minds, neighborhoods, and communities. The project culminates in two free performances at Hartford Public Library Downtown Branch open to friends, families, and the community.
Under the guidance of Hartford Stage artist-in-residence Radha Blank, eight students have met for four full days on the weekends to write their script. They came together not knowing a thing about one another, but each with his or her own voice and reasons for joining the project. It quickly became clear that this small group had a large mission: to make heard the voices of the 2012 Connecticut teen. Radha presented the group with a question: If a teen from the future were to find a time capsule from 2012, what would be in it? Through conversation, journal entries, improvisation, and hours of editing, the group created a 33- page play titled, “The Dream Capsule: An Original Play,” written by McKari Dauch, Sara-Lynn Dickinson, Bryan Dougherty, Jordan Alexander Greene, Zenobia Jones, Jonel Samnath, Angel Torres, and Erica Wilcoxen.
Over the next few rehearsal sessions, students will work with another Hartford Stage artist-in-residence, Lee Edward Colston II, to shape this play into a performance. Lee will work with students to put the piece up on its feet, incorporating the students’ personal writing pieces, original music, and movement. Performances will be held at Hartford Public Library Downtown Branch, 500 Main Street, Hartford on Saturday, April 14 at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday April 15 at 1:00 p.m. Performances are free and open to the public.