After having been submitted for consideration through a national nominating committee, and selected through a blind judging process, the Mentors help the young writers hone their craftsmanship through meetings, readings and workshops, while forming a personal and trusted relationship of support. The project culminates in a showcase production that remains critic-free to avoid commercial concerns that would inhibit the writer's creative process. The Project has elevated a third of its alumni to professional and public notice. Their work has flourished on and Off-Broadway, regionally and around the world. Cherry Lane's Mentors count among their distinctions eight Pulitzer Prizes, six Pulitzer Prize nominations, 13 Obie Awards, eight Tony Awards, six Tony nominations, two Oscars, and an Oscar nomination. MENTOR PROJECT plays are not open for review by the press.
MENTOR PROJECT 2013 is overseen by Cherry Lane Artistic Director Angelina Fiordellisi and Program Director Stephanie Ybarra. Janio Marrero is The Cherry Lane Theatre's Production Manager, and Seri Lawrence is the theatre's Literary ManageR. Kelly Ice is the Production Stage Manager, and Michael Bulger is the Associate Producer for the 2013 season.
Each production of the MENTOR PROJECT 2013 season will have 12 performances. The performance schedule is Monday through Friday at 7pm, and Saturday at 3pm and 7pm.
Single tickets for each production are $18. A $1 facility fee will be added to each ticket purchased. With a 15th anniversary membership, patrons can purchase a Mentor Project pass for $45 and see all 3 evenings for just $15 per ticket. Tickets are on sale now at www.CherryLaneTheatre.org or by calling OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111, or in person at The Cherry Lane Theatre box office. Visit www.CherryLaneTheatre.org.