17 Minutes (a new play by Scott Organ)
In the aftermath of a school shooting, Sheriff’s Deputy Andy Rubens must come to terms with the choices he made during the tragedy. In Scott Organ’s spellbinding new play, directed by Academy for Teachers master Seth Barrish, one man’s search for redemption prompts a community to ask—what will we be known for?
A discussion and reception follow this exclusive performance.
This performance is free for Fellows of The Academy for Teachers.
Director Seth Barrish has been a professional acting coach and teacher for more than three decades. An award-winning actor, director, and artistic director, Barrish has spent years honing and sharing techniques to maximize spontaneity and bring performances to life. In 1986 he cofounded The Barrow Group, a company that has left an indelible mark on the New York theater scene, garnering accolades and praise for its high level of acting integrity. He has worked with, among others, Anne Hathaway, Mike Birbiglia, Tony Hale, and Michael Stahl David.
Scott Organ’s plays have been commissioned by The Atlantic Theater Company, developed by theaters including The Barrow Group, The New Group, Page 73, South Coast Rep, and performed and workshopped throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Phoenix premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays and was later produced at The Barrow Group and through Rattlestick Playwrights Theater at Cherry Lane Theater. It has been translated into Portuguese, Spanish, and French. His writings and plays have been featured in Arts in the Armed Forces and published in New Playwrights—The Best Plays 2010, Humana Festival 2010—The Complete Plays, New American Short Plays 2005, Best American Short Plays, and Great Short Plays. He is a writer on the short films Playdate (TriBeCa Film Festival, London City International Film Festival—3rd place, Vimeo Staff Pick), The Board (TriBeCa Film Festival), and The One (Palm Springs International Film Festival), and the features Phoenix and History of Technology (written with David Shane.)