#AATE2018 Conference in Minneapolis

This summer, we took our show on the road to the American Alliance for Theatre & Education Conference 2018 in Minneapolis. What a joyful and motivating weekend, all centered around the theme “Rise Up!” ⭐️ 🎭 ☮️

As audience members and participants in our workshop performance, the AATE conference attendees (including local teens!) watched #Right2Recess, brainstormed possible outcomes, then rehearsed and shared how to stand up and speak out for what they believe in as they helped the fictional characters move the story forward.

The conference experience gave us an opportunity to present our show to colleagues and community members and receive feedback so we can bring the production – and Theatre for Young Audiences as Civic Dialogue – to more kids, more schools, and more community centers. Most importantly, we had the chance to connect, activate the story and rise up as a collective.

And so, our work will continue! We will continue to explore avenues for this show and create opportunities for young people – and their grown-ups – to practice conversation, reflect on current issues, and participate in hands-on learning as artists, activists, and citizens.

Thank you to AATE, the Humanity Play Project community, the #Right2Recess cast and crew, our supporters and donors for giving our story a chance and including us in the national dialogue.

#Right2Recess at #NFF17


#Right2Recess is an interactive Theatre for Young Audiences play devised by Humanity Play Project​ that follows a group of third graders whose right to recess has come under threat after the appointment of a new principal. Weaving together comedy, puppetry, rap and improv, #Right2Recess will transform the theatre space into a place where young audiences are encouraged to explore what it takes to stand up for something important to them and make their voices heard.

Saturday November 11, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Sunday November 12, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Running time: 45 minutes

Ages 0-4 – FREE
General Admission – $10
Generous Admission – $20 ($10 ticket plus $10 donation)

ACME Founders Theatre
5124 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Director: Carolyn Marie Wright​
Stage Manager: Ross Jackson​
Cast: Hermie Castillo​, Megan Gainey​, Robert Paterno​ & Carissa Pinckney
Playwright: Carolyn Marie Wright
Story by: Hermie Castillo, Rachna Khatau​, Adrienne Shelnutt​, Letty Valladares​ & Carolyn Marie Wright

Questions? Want to get involved? Email humanityplayproject at gmail dot com.

#AATE2017 Conference in Nola

Thank you, New Orleans. What an amazing week of art, culture & education…and food & merriment! And thank you American Alliance for Theatre & Education for accepting our HPP workshop into the 2017 conference! It was very exciting to spend time connecting with fellow artists, educators & activists. Looking forward to continuing the fellowship!

Artistic Director Carolyn Marie Wright arrives in #nola for #AATE17 Conference.
Post-conference session: Theatre as Civic Dialogue. Thank you to this amazing group for the fellowship and artistry you each brought into our community today. What a joy and an honor to share the work together. Let’s keep the conversation going!
#aate2017 #IamAATE #theatre #civicdialogue#dosomething #humanityplayproject


#Beignets + #AATE2017 + Theatre as Civic Dialogue = 😃❤️🌎
#IamAATE #theatre #civicdialogue #dosomething#humanityplayproject

#Right2Recess at Second City LA


Humanity Play Project returns with a workshop performance our new play #Right2Recess. We cordially invite you to be our audience for the first live performance! Tickets are $10.

Sunday July 30, 2017
12:00-1:00 pm
6560 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles , CA 90028

#Right2Recess is a Theatre for Young Audiences piece devised by Humanity Play Project as an interactive performance that follows a group of third graders whose right to recess has come under threat after the appointment of a new principal. Weaving together puppetry, rap and improv, #Right2Recess will transform the theatre space into a place where young audiences are encouraged to explore what it takes to stand up for something important to them and make their voices heard.

Artists: Rachna Khatau, Robert Paterno, Adrienne Shelnutt & Carolyn Marie Wright.

For tickets, call 323-464-8542 or visit: https://secondcityus.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F3600000CPHiVEAX.



HPP Town Hall 2-15-2016Thank you to everyone who attended and/or supported the Town Hall hosted by Humanity Play Project on Monday, February 15, 2016. Community members gathered to show our support to friends who were involved in an incident with police earlier this month on Cherokee Avenue in Hollywood.

So, what did we do? We shared reactions. We learned facts about the incident. We agreed to work together to find ways to increase positive communication with the LAPD – and decrease racial profiling.

Ultimately, we gathered together to brainstorm ways to TAKE ACTION and MAKE CHANGE within the Hollywood community. Perhaps our positive action will inspire others to do the same in their neighborhoods.

NEXT STEPS: Want to get involved?

We have several “action groups” in planning mode:
(1) Cop-Prov (improvisation with LAPD);
(2) Community Run in the Hollywood area; and
(3) Policy Patrol.

Please reach out to humanityplayproject@gmail.com for more info.

(1) Improv Workshop – “Cop-prov”
Point Person: Rich Baker
•Once a month impros show
•Seek approval from The Second City or other host theater
•Find cast who is interested
•Rehearse with cast
•Talk with LAPD – especially Hollywood precinct
•Armando format?
•Short form with cop volunteers?

(2) Community Run / 5K / Event
Point Person: Rachna Khatau & Matt Black
•Circle from The Second City to iO and back?
•Run up and down Cherokee Avenue
•West Police Station as end point?
•Need permits – how do we obtain them? Cost?
•Need press, publicity, media support
•Reach out to police and Hollywood community groups to join together
•Athletes to participate – ie. James Blake

(3) Policy Patrol
Point Person: Jennifer Larkin
•Find out Community Council reps
•Local representatives – City / County / State
•Need factual statement from those involved in the incident on Cherokee Ave
•Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
•What are our resources?
•Who are the people in charge?
•How to engage with police? Does LAPD have an outreach branch?
•Write a letter? Seek policy change?
•Desire to increase sensitivity and diversity training for LAPD
Other Ideas
•LAPD discount to The Second City?
•Host an LAPD day of improve/sketch shows and workshops?

Thank you for joining the conversation.

Humanity Play Project

Email: humanityplayproject@gmail.com
IG: @humanityplayproject
Twitter: @humanityplaypro


Join us today from 3:00-5:00 pm for Town Hall. ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬

On Friday, February 12, 2016, one of our community members was wrongly harassed, profiled and threatened by an LAPD officer. This is a safe space for people to talk about their reactions and create a plan for action. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Choni & HughieWhat to bring?
1.) Your Reactions;
2.) Your *peaceful* ideas for Action to Make Change; and
3.) Your open mind.

Questions? Please reach out to humanityplayproject@gmail.com. More info about HPP:www.humanityplayproject.com.

Please note: HPP is hosting this event. This is not a Second City-franchised event. We are reserving space for our forum on their property. Thank you for bringing respect and peace to this gathering.