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Original Musicals

Premiere Performances

Possibility Project productions are significant community events where youth, parents, teachers, community leaders, and people from all walks of life gather to witness the culmination of the youths’ efforts. They experience a work of theater that uses a broad spectrum of the performing arts to articulate the reality of young people’s lives and their vision for positive change.

Audience Members

One third of our audiences are made up of teenagers from various local schools and youth-serving organizations.

Since the majority of our audiences have never been to the theater in their lives, the performances act not only as a vehicle for Possibility Project participants to be heard, but also for much of their audiences to experience a new medium that is both powerful in its impact and thrilling in its artistic inspiration.

Audience Reaction

Evaluation of Possibility Project audiences has revealed overwhelmingly positive reaction to the shows and the youth who create them. Audiences have consistently noted the high level of professionalism, artistic excellence, commitment to the performance and the issues addressed, entertainment and overall impact of these productions. Below are a few reactions from audience members over the years.

  • “More people need to see this!” – Step One, 2015
  • “The storytelling was gripping and transformative. The ability of the youth to get inside each other’s stories and bring them to life was on par with a professional show.” – Step One, 2015
  • “As a parent, I now understand how my children feel.” – Borderline, 2015
  • “Powerful. Phenomenal. Heart wrenching.” – Borderline, 2015
  • “The best and most memorable play in my life.” – In Theory, 2015
  • “It was amazing! I will never forget this show.” – In Theory, 2015
  • “It was eye opening to hear their personal experiences.” – Take It From the Top, 2015
  • “Exactly what I needed. Extremely moving and uplifting!” – Versus, 2014
  • “Impressive is the only word that applies to the cast, and crew. It is truly amazing seeing how talented and hardworking the kids are. The struggle is real but one person can change anything.” – Versus, 2014
  • “Everybody was amazing! So real to everyday life. The youth today is misunderstood. We need to listen and talk with them!” – Promised, 2013
  • “Wow, I saw a Broadway show last week (no joke), this was better!” – The Writers’ Block, 2012
  • “Absolutely beautiful. Like nothing I’ve ever seen!” – Visiting Ours, 2012
  • “Tonight’s performance shows me that I’m not alone.” – A Place for the Night, 2011
  • “As a parent of teenagers, it made me think about how they feel for the first time in a long time.” – Run That Back, 2011
  • “I was honored to be brought into the youths real lives through the power of theatre. Thank you.” – Ready, Set… Show!, 2011
  • “I was very touched by the stories of my peers.” – Here and There, 2010
  • “Awesome. Powerful. Transforming.” – Face It, 2010
  • “It was a beautiful performance of a cast that clearly supports and loves each other.” – The Next and Last Stop Is…, 2009
  • “I cried my contact lense out!” – Face It, 2010
  • “I was deeply moved and highly impressed with the talent and the truth and the level of the writing, choreography and dancing and singing—so excellent.” – Off the Page, 2009
  • “Best performance I’ve seen in a long time.” – Off the Page, 2009
  • “This is something that all youth can benefit from.” – Under the Lights, 2009
  • “It was great to see youth come together and bring hope and inspiration to a community.” – Dream This, 2008
  • “It made me realize many things and I could relate and connect to some so it made me realize I’m not alone or the only one going through the same problems.” – Dream This, 2008
  • “This show made me realize that young people care about their world” – Alienation, 2005
  • “It was great because it really talked about life. It’s the way it is around the world. I think every teenager should see this!” – War of the Unheard, 2002

Upcoming Productions in New York City

The Foster Care Program’s original musical will premiere September 28, 29, 30 and October 1 at The Irondale Center in Brooklyn! Details coming soon.

Past Productions in New York City

The Possibility Project has produced 32 original musicals since 2001:

2002War of the Unheard, at The Public Theater
2003Cracks in the Concrete Canvas, at The Lucille Lortel Theater
2004ReVisions, at The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
2005AlieNation, at The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
2006Revolution in Progress, at Pace University
2007Univers-All, at El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio
2008What’s the Story, at The Cherry Lane Theater
2008Dream This, at El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio
2009Under the Lights, at The Cherry Lane Theatre
2009Off the Page, at El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio
2009The Next and Last Stop Is…, at The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row Studios
2010Here and There, at The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row Studios
2010Face It, at El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio
2010Know+How=, at The Lucille Lortel Theater
2011Run That Back, at The Five Angels Theater
2011Ready, Set… Show!, at El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio
2011A Place for the Night, at The Theatre at Saint Peter’s Church
2012Visiting Ours, at Baruch Performing Arts Center
2012The Writers’ Block, at The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
2013This is Live, at The Theatre at Saint Peter’s Church
2013Off the Record, at The Irondale Center
2013Home Free, at El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio
2013Promised, at The Irondale Center
2014Uproute, at The Irondale Center
2014Versus, at The Riverside Theatre
2014Take It From the Top, at The Irondale Center
2015In Theory, at The Riverside Theatre
2015Borderline, at The Pearl Theatre
2015Step One, at The Irondale Center
2016A Chance Of…, at The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater
2016Live. Record. Repeat?, at The Sheen Center
2016The Way to Run, at The Riverside Theatre