PURCHASE, N.Y. -- Manhattanville College’s Duchesne Center will premiere “A New Way Home,” a modern day twist on the literary and theatrical classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” beginning Thursday, Oct. 9.
The story follows Darren, a teenage foster child, who journeys to the enigmatic “Old Town” in the hopes of finding his biological mother. The 45-minute production accompanies him on his adventure, with each minute filled with wacky characters, insane riddles, laughter and fun.
The play was written and directed by Craig Donnelly, community service coordinator in the Duchesne Center for Religion and Social Justice at Manhattanville College, and is the latest installment of his collection of theatrical spin offs.
“I think that the students, and the community at large, love to watch a common tale that can be told in a modern light with a unique twist added into the mix,” said Donnelly.
All of the profits from “A New Way Home,” will go towards bringing children in the CAST Kids Program to a Broadway performance.
Each week, Manhattanville College students volunteer for CAST Kids, a program in which students teach improvisational theatre games to children from a local shelter while helping them create a small play to perform.
“I think this a worthy cause because it gives children that have spent their childhoods in a shelter a chance to experience Broadway for the very first time,” expressed Donnelly. “Theater was always very important to me because it gave you the chance to see amazing stories being told through talented actors.”
The production runs Thursday, Oct. 9 through Sunday, Oct. 12, with shows at 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and a matinée at 2 p.m., Sunday. All shows will be in the Ex Theatre in Founders Hall on the Manhattanville campus at 2900 Purchase Street and admission is $5.
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