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May 30 - June 22, 2014 

The Donut Play’ (A Love Story in 24 Conversations) is a contemporary new play by Dan Friedman. It follows a handful of young, working-class New Yorkers as they try to figure out how to get by — and discover new ways to give each other support along the way. Over the course of 24 short scenes, we get to know Darryl, an African American construction worker and Mukta, an Indian American waitress, and the sweet and unusual love story that unfolds at a local doughnut shop. The Donut Play looks at how a step away from what’s comfortable can be a step toward surprising new experiences, growth — and maybe even new ways to love.

The Donut Play is being directed by David F. Chapman, a director, writer, solo performer and teaching artist. A Chicago native, David has made theatre all over the world, including Vietnam, Hungary, the UK and Canada. The play will feature a cast of young actors, including graduates of Castillo’s youth theatre training program, Youth Onstage! Playwright Dan Friedman is the artistic director of the Castillo Theatre, which he helped to found 30 years ago. Friedman holds a doctorate in theatre history from the University of Wisconsin and has been active in community-based political and experimental theatre since the late 1960s. Friedman is currently working on a book about the Castillo Theatre and its community organizing approach.

Written by Dan Friedman     Directed by David F. Chapman 
The cast: Michael Alcide, Lela Bryant, Nayab Hussain, Ava Jenkins, Lithu Muralee, Sita Sarkar, Michele Q. Williams