Original play features story of poverty, injustice

Published on Thursday, 2 August 2018 20:07
Written by Petey Oneto

Special to the Herald

NEW BRITAIN - The Youth Play Institute (YPI) will present an original production called “Ink’d” with New Britain’s Hannah Rubitz acting in and cowriting the play.

Rubitz, 22, and 11 other young adults aged 16 to 22 were tasked with creating a story about poverty and economic injustice.

After about three weeks of creating characters and the storyline, there’s only a week left until production starts.

Rubitz spoke with The Herald on the Tuesday before the weekend performances. Just that day, the youth group blocked out the whole production, planning out where each actor stands and moves on stage during the performance. The cast then held its first dress rehearsal, just three days before the performance.

For Rubitz, who is studying theater performance at CCSU, the play provides an opportunity for early-stage work. The group even talked to representatives from the CT Center for a New Economy and the group Fight for 15 to shape their story about economic imbalance.

“This group of young people were impacted deeply by meeting leaders in the community who fight economic injustice every day,” YPI Lead Teaching Artist Hannah Simms said. “They feel passionate about shedding light on the imbalance and seek to provoke action and change with the message in their play.”

The story is set in a dystopian reality in the year 2068. On a child’s 16th birthday, they are placed into one of five districts with each district offering different levels of wealth and access to resources. “Ink’d” will focus on three 16-year-olds who have had enough and plan to fight.

The play will be performed at the Carriage House Theater at 360 Farmington Ave. in Hartford.

There will be a performance on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. Admission is a $5 donation at the door.

Call 860-548-9144 for any questions on the performance.

Posted in New Britain Herald, on Thursday, 2 August 2018 20:07. Updated: Thursday, 2 August 2018 21:13.