After an award-winning staged reading 2010 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, John Kearns’ In the Wilderness has been accepted for a full production for this year’s Festivity and will be on stage for six performances in June upstairs at the New York’s Bleecker Street Theatre.

For the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, every show works to promote and/or raise money for a social cause or charity.  Kearns’ charity will be the Mercy Center for women and families in the South Bronx.

In The Wilderness depicts the struggle of teachers and students in an all-girls high school in the South Bronx in the late 1980′s, when the neighborhood was rife with crime, crack addiction and AIDS. Dispirited from the stress of the school year, dedicated young teacher Paul Logan decides that if he can get just one student to be successful, then all of the frustrations would be worthwhile. Carmen Marquez, a smart, sexy sophomore who writes poetry and succeeds in school despite pressures from home and from her neighborhood, seems to be the one Paul is hoping for.

The play is being produced by Boann Books & Media, LLC. Author John Kearns is the Treasurer Irish American Writers and Artists, Inc. and a regular contributor to the IAW&A Salons.

Venue: Upstairs at Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, New York, NY (at Lafayette.)

Dates and Times:

Friday 6/1/12 – 9pm = Performance #1

Saturday 6/2/12 – 7pm = Performance #2

Saturday 6/9/12 – 11:30pm = Performance #3

Sunday 6/10/12 – 1:30pm = Performance #4

Thursday 6/14/12 – 6pm = Performance #5

Sunday 6/17/12 – 9:30pm = Performance #6

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