George Street Playhouse’s Educational Touring Theatre will present a performance of Dennis Foon’s New Kid at Oak Knoll School on 10/13/2010 at 9:00 am. The play is one of three presented by the New Brunswick theatre throughout the school year. The performance is geared toward students in grades K-6 and lasts for approximately 60 minutes, including a post-play workshop.  For further information on these and other GSP Touring Theatre performances, contact the George Street Playhouse Education Department at (732) 846-2895, ext. 115.
 
New Kid, written by Dennis Foon. addresses racism, prejudice, peer pressure and conflict resolution.  It is the story of an immigrant family from a fictitious place called “Homeland.”  When the family arrives in America, they discover a new culture and unexpected prejudice against Homelanders.  New Kid is directed by Gail Winar, stage managed by Sarah Rowland and features the talents of MaameYaa Boafo, Annie Rutherford Lutz, Andrew Saunders, and Ananias J Dixon.
 
MaameYaa Boafo hails from Ghana, West Africa. She has her undergraduate degree in French and Broadcast Communications from Hood College, MD and has a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Since graduating she has been in a staged reading performance of Intimate Apparel; where she played Esther, appeared in the World Earth Day public service announcement and also played Ophelia in The American Globe Theatre's Shakespeare for School's tour of Hamlet; She was last seen at the Haverstraw One Act Play Festival in June where she played Melissa in Brunch; This is her first year with GSP.
 
Annie Rutherford Lutz recently graduated from Douglass College with a double major in Theatre Arts and English. At Rutgers she directed, costume designed, and performed with the Livingston Theatre Company and Cabaret Theatre as well as Deep Treble, Rutgers' premier co-ed a cappella group. Previous roles include Little Sally in Urinetown, Jeanette in The Full Monty, Woman 1 in Songs for a New World, Marueen in Rent, and Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd. Annie also had the fortune to appear in last year's NYC Fringe Festival in The Green Manifesto, where she won a Producer's Award for her performance.
 
Andrew Saunders hails from Orlando, Florida. A recent graduate of Rutgers College, Andrew received a BA in English. He most recently appeared in Romeo and Juliet as Benvolio for the inaugural season of the New Brunswick Theater Festival. Other regional theater credits include Richmond in Richard III for the Orlando Shakespeare Festival, as well as Brody in Juvenilia and David in Manuscript for coLAB Arts. Some past educational credits: Young Actor/Workman for the Mason Gross MFA production Walking Shadows, Lord of the Underworld in Eurydice and Lysander and Snug in a Rutgers BA workshop production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
 
Ananias J. Dixon is very pleased to take part in this production. Ananias is a Cleveland Native, and just recently moved to NYC, since being here he has been the Toilet; at the New Federal Theater, Escape from Happiness; at the Algonquin Theater, Black Angels Over Tuskegee; at The Actor Temple and showed his bare back on billboards for the Broadway play Reasons To Be Pretty ad campaign. Back home in Cleveland, Ohio he did numerous plays and three movies including The Blacks; at Karamu House Theater, John Henry; at the Cleveland Playhouse Theatre, and Antwone Fisher; directed by Denzel Washington.
 
The centerpiece of George Street Playhouse’s educational programming is its Touring Theatre, which commissions and produces first-class productions with relevant themes for young audiences, such as conflict resolution, racial tolerance, anti-bullying and cyber-bullying.  Provided in part by support from the NJ Bar Association, each play is followed by an in-depth discussion led by the actors, for which they receive specialized training.  These productions tour from September – May throughout the area, and are seen by more than 60,000 students.  GSP’s Theatre Academy celebrates each student as an artist; providing transformative learning experiences in an engaging environment. The exceptional, nurturing staff of professional theatre artists offers rigorous theatre training for students of all ages in the foundations of acting, movement, voice, musical theatre and design. For further information on any of the George Street Playhouse educational opportunities, call the Education Associate at (732) 846-2895, extension 115.
 
Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Saint, George Street Playhouse has become a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists.  Founded in 1974, the Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway – recent productions include Tony-award winner Joe DiPietro’s Creating Claire, the Outer Critics Circle Best New Off-Broadway Award winner The Toxic Avenger, the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill and the Broadway hit and Tony® and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays. 
 
George Street Playhouse programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.