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Young at Art Theatre Company’s “Words from the Melting Pot” Debuts at Beth Abraham Prior to Tour

Interactive production reflects cast’s experiences and will tour other Bronx venues throughout the summer


“Words From the Melting Pot,” the new interactive production from the Young At Art Theatre Company/Action Racket Theatre, debuts on Friday, June 24, 2011 at the Beth Abraham Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) Program, 612 Allerton Avenue in the Bronx. The cast features members of Beth Abraham’s ADHC program. Showtime is 1:00 pm and admission to the performance is free.

”We’re particularly gratified for the opportunity to stage this performance of ‘Words From the Melting Pot’ at Beth Abraham ADHC in the Bronx,” states ADHC Program Director Maria Provenzano. Our audiences can see once again how theatre supports the mission of the Beth Abraham ADHC Program, and how the program promotes a lively resident theatre company.”

Future performances presently on the schedule at other Bronx venues include the Riverside YMWHA Adult Day Program on July 20 at 11:00am; the Belmont Branch Library on August 16 at 1:00pm, and Teatro Pregones on September 7 at 1:30pm.

The Young At Art Theatre Company/Action Racket Theatre is co-directed and was co-founded by Lois Kagan Mingus and Joanie Fritz Zosike. In the six years since the company’s creation, they have presented six programs and worked with 60 Beth Abraham Adult Day Health Care registrants. Many of the actors in this production of “Words From the Melting Pot” came to the first rehearsal of the first production in 2006.

“Everyone has something important to express and the ability and drive to create. Young At Art gives Beth Abraham ADHC Program registrants the opportunity to put their ideas on stage and share them with an audience,” explains Lois Kagan Mingus. “It is a constant inspiration!”

This program is made possible with public funds from the Bronx Council on the Arts through the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program.

About Beth Abraham Family of Health Services

Founded in 1920, Beth Abraham Family of Health Services is a not-for-profit, continuing care organization established to care for poor, chronically ill and disabled adults of varying ages and backgrounds. In the forefront of continuing health care, Beth Abraham's services include four residential skilled nursing facilities, adult day health care, home care, AIDS home care and independent housing facilities for the elderly and disabled. Beth Abraham sponsors the nation’s largest Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) through Comprehensive Care Management (CCM). Its world-renowned Institute for Music and Neurologic Function is dedicated to advancing scientific inquiry on music and the brain and developing clinical treatments to benefit people of all ages. With more than 3,000 employees, Beth Abraham Family of Health Services serves nearly 6,000 people daily and remains committed to making life better for people. For more information on Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, please visit www.bethabe.org.

About Action Racket Theatre

Lois Kagan Mingus and Joanie Fritz Zosike first met as actors in The Living Theatre in 1989. At the end of a tour of performances and workshops in Europe, they decided they wanted to continue making socially relevant theatre by sharing what they knew with children and youth in New York City. In 1998, they co-founded Action Racket Theatre (ART) and expanded the idea to include people of all ages. In the years since they have performed and presented workshops for such diverse groups and organizations as New York Public Library, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, ACS, Head Start, 6th Street Avenue B Garden, Theater for the New City, Phipps Community Development, Asthma-Free School Zone, Hostos Community College, United Adult Ministries at Flushing House, and Beth Abraham Family of Health Services.

For additional information about Young At Art/Action Racket Theatre contact Joanie Fritz Zosike at 646 -207-7341/email: joanie@actionrackettheatre.com or email Lois Kagan Mingus at lois@actionrackettheatre.com

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