Young Writers: Shake on the Block

This free seven-week workshop will help young writers discover the magic, fun and some would say craziness of the immortal bard through playwriting, adaptation and performance. Students will work on breaking down Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which they will then adapt for performance by adding street slang and modern English. Students will be introduced to the rudiments of the theater process and develop skills in acting, memorization, adaptation, staging and performance while using their imagination to create cool, dynamic new characters based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The workshop will culminate in a final performance at Spaceworks in Williamsburg that will be free and open to the public.

*Parents can fill out the info fields on the registration form but students should complete the Writing Background field, describing their background and interest in taking the workshop. We will admit students based on the merit of the Writing Background statement.

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Modesto “Flako” Jimenez is a Dominican-born actor, writer and arts educator raised in Brooklyn. While still in high school, he co-founded Real People Theater, a company best known for reworking plays by combining some of the language of the original texts with street slang and Spanish. He is the author of the poetry collection Oye, Para Mi Querido Brooklyn (Listen, For My Dear Brooklyn) and has performed on stage with the Wooster Group and Repertorio Español in New York. He starred in the lead role in Alexandra Collier’s Take Me Home, an immersive theater piece set inside a cab (which he drove), garnering rave reviews from the New York Times, the New Yorker and Time Out New York. Board Vice President of Brooklyn Poets, Jimenez is also the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Gypsies, an eclectic artist collective presenting annual showcases of new work in theater, dance, poetry and film that spark dialogues on critical issues of immigration, economics and urban survival, including the acclaimed annual Ghetto Hors d’Oeuvres show. He lives in Bushwick.