One of our workshop participants, Allan Yashin, is having his play performed over the Thanksgiving weekend. Mr. Yashin has been working on his plays during our NYWC workshop at the 14th Street Y. He said “… [the] first time I wrote about them [the main characters] was nearly five years ago during a Writers Coalition class. It was in response to a prompt about people on a vacation and these two Upper West Side retired and urbane Manhattanites just came to me.” Mr. Yashin has used the writing prompts from workshops to compose several different pieces about his characters Morris and Cynthia, “… I wrote dozens of pieces about them right in the WC class in response to different prompts. I even have partially completed a novel about their history and exploits.”
Mr. Yashin combined a few pieces about Morris and Cynthia that he had written in the workshop for his play. His inspiration for the title, I Feel Their Pain, was “…a term brought to popularity by no other than President Bill Clinton…” President Clinton used the phrase when responding to AIDS activist Bob Rafsky during his campaign and to Mr. Yashin it seemed an appropriate way to describe his main characters, “relating to the 99% in Zuccotti Park and then remembering they had first met during the peace rallies in Central Park.”
Make sure to check out Mr. Yashin’s show presented by Around The Block/ A doblar la esquina. It’s part of a series called Recover Blip or Double Dip? about the daily struggles of the 99%. The show will run from November 27th – December 1st 2013 at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre 312 West 36th Street, First Floor. Performances take place at 8pm On Nov. 27-Nov. 30 and at 2pm on Dec. 1. Tickets are $18 dollars with discounts for students and seniors. Seating is limited so reservations are recommended. You can call the 24/7 ticket hotline at 1-800-838-3006 or go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/510663.
You can see some of Mr. Yashin’s other plays, also written in NYWC workshops here http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=allan+yashin&sm=3.