Youth-written play premieres November 30 in Farmington Hills

Anna Paints TreesThe world premiere of “Anna Paints Trees,” a play co-written by Farmington area youth, happens in a one-night-only performance on Friday, November 30, 7 p.m., at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills.

The play introduces the audience to teen realities as they relate to identity, peer relationships, milestones in maturity, and more. It was written by eight teens working under the guidance of award-winning playwright and author Stephen Mack Jones, and actor/director Ethan Kankula, through a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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“The core message of Anna Paints Trees is that it’s okay to be yourself,” playwright Kenya Foster said in a press release. “It’s okay to be different, be weird, be nerdy – it’s who you are!”

“Anna Paints Trees” is a series of snapshots focusing on moments in time as many young adults work to figure out who they are, what they believe in, and what they want to become. Parental discretion is advised for audience members age 12 and younger.

Playwright Gracy Hershey said, “There are controversial topics in this play. Some adults don’t want kids to talk about these topics, as if they think it’s inappropriate. But they don’t always understand that this is what we’re living, these are our experiences.”

The Young Playwrights program included Meghan Allen, 15; Hank Burns-Pavlik, 13; Kacey Craig, 14; Phillip Drum, 16; Kenya Foster, 13; Gracy Hershey, 15; Jayla McCain, 17; and Griffin Wick, 14. Hershey, Craig, and Foster also perform, along with Aiden Darwak, Ella Fried, Gwen Richards, India Darling, Jack Randel, and Ruby Kantz.

To learn more, call 248-473-1856.

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