Surrounded by sweet songs of bird squawks, a gentle breeze rustling tree leaves & a carpet of grass to tickle toes, audience members are invited to relax and enjoy the park before the play begins. As the story unfolds we are led through the fantastical imagination of a young girl & her team of fairies who transform the park into a magical kingdom. They make powerful potions and encourage the kingdom members to work together to save their land. Through the play we learn the importance of our local parks, the power of community and experiencing life with wonder, imagination & play.
The creation of the play began with a commitment to be part of projects & productions that create a positive impact. With a deep yearning to shine light on dark situations, focus on the positive rather than the negative, co-writers, Heather Mendoza Mertens and Shawn Thomas had a dream to shape a production that would add to the beauty of humanity and to foster a culture of hope and possibility that could move people to action. They chose to focus the story on the power of community since they have seen firsthand how communities are always at the source of transforming neighborhoods, businesses and families. They landed on the topic of parks as both a metaphor and meeting place for communities - connecting people from all walks of life, citywide, statewide, nationwide, worldwide.
People need parks. . . Parks need people.
SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER
Skirball Cultural Center
Thursday, Jul 13
12pm & 2:30pm
Thursday, Aug 16
12pm & 2:30pm
Residential Street Parking
Sunday, Jul 16
Tickets (GA) - Suggested Donation of $10-$20
Limited Seating - first-come, first serve
Feel free to bring a cushion or a picnic blanket
Food, Snacks & Beverages for purchase
Performance is OUTSIDE, please plan accordingly
CAST + CREW
Heather Mendoza Mertens & Shawn Thomas Diefienbach
Heather Mendoza Mertens & Chelsea Taylor
*Ary Katz, **Avya Severy, Audrey Hamilton, Chelsea Taylor, *Fiona Perry, *Gianne Cusick,
Heather Mendoza Mertens, **Jasmine De La Fuente, Mark Hein, **Reynaldo Cartagena & Rose Mattingly
(*Cast July 13 & 16, 2017 // **Cast August 17 - 2017)
Book Us for your next event.
Imagine a sunny afternoon at your local park. Families across the community are connecting over a picnic and a cast of characters bring the park to life in a way you never imagined before. As the play begins, you will become an active part of a unique story that will only be experienced once in exactly this way. “The Park Project,” will connect you to nature, to your community and the childlike wonder within you.
Book us for your next birthday party in the park, corporate event, fundraiser, nature event or school event!