FYT Summer Intensives are an opportunity for young actors to spend their summer making ambitious professional-grade theatre in the heart of NYC.

Summer of Humanity (2018)

The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Directed by Leo Lion

On a wooded island populated by sprites and spirits, an old exiled alchemist hides away, plotting his revenge. A terrible storm wrecks a nearby ship, tossing the surviving passengers onto the isle. Wandering through the lush forests and open fields, the inhabitants of the island and the newly-arrived travelers begin to find each other and to lose themselves, weaving a tangled web of ties that only wisdom and love can untwine.

Firebird revisits Shakespeare’s final comedy, The Tempest, bringing to the forefront the ties that keep us tethered and pull us asunder. From servitude to love, from debt to friendship to family, the ways in which we are fastened to each other are sometimes the only way we can find ourselves. Meanwhile, the ways in which we are bound, and the baggage we tie to ourselves, make us ever heavier and pull us down toward the depths. On this visit to Prospero’s Isle, we ask you: What do you hold onto when the storm hits? And will it hold you?

SHOWTIMES: Aug 17th at 7:00pm, Aug 19th at 1 & 7:00PM
LOCATION: The Alchemical, 104 W 14th St, NYC


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PAST: R.U.R. by Karel Čapek
Directed by Leo Lion

R.U.R. is the play that first coined the word ‘robot.’ Written in 1921 and set sometime after the year 2000, it depicts a secluded island factory that produces the most valued product around the world: artificial people. The human inhabitants of the island, employees of Rossum’s Universal Robots, are there to keep the factory running and maintain the secret of the robots’ creation. But something is beginning to change about the robots – something the humans aren’t quite able to control...

Now, not long after the real year 2000, R.U.R. serves as an eerie reflection of the fascination mankind has with replicating itself. Why, so long after the term was coined, do we continue to love robots, to fear robots, to be perplexed by robots? What is it about building something ‘almost human’ that so appeals to us? Why does the fantasy persist of handing our work off to virtual, digital assistants - to Siri, to Cortana, to Alexa? And what happens when two such machines can speak with each other - when they begin to realize that they don’t need us anymore?

SHOWTIMES: July 13th, 14th, 15th at 7:00pm
LOCATION: The Alchemical, 104 W 14th St, NYC