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Arts After Hours’ production of ‘Kings’ to benefit Washington Square Residence

LYNN — Arts After Hours will partner with the Washington Square Residence and the Lynn Home for Young Women for the upcoming production of “Kings,” Sept. 14-16, at LynnArts’ black box theater on Exchange Street.

“Kings,” by Salem playwright Brit Christopher, takes place the night of a wild party attended by a group of friends. The play tackles difficult adult situations such as assault.

A portion of ticket sales will go directly to the Washington Square Residence, which provides a safe and affordable housing option to individuals in Lynn. The home is owned and operated by the Lynn Home for Young Women. The residence’s dinner program provides a free, well-balanced meal to residents four days a week. Residents are also taught how to prepare healthy meals. There will be donation bins at the theater at each performance to collect clothing, toiletries, and non-perishable food for the Washington Square Residence.

“‘Kings’ is about a party; one single night out that changes the course of these characters’ friendships and lives, and makes a huge statement about when, where, who, and how assault and violence towards women can happen,” said Samantha Gambaccini, producing artistic director of Arts After Hours. “With that in mind, our partnership with the Lynn Home for Women and Washington Square Residence naturally came together. Through our work with the Washington Square Residence, we are going to be able to donate not only goods and funds, but artistic experiences and resources, too. With charity, it’s important to recognize the difference between what is necessary to survive in the moment and holistic human need.”

Directed by Gambaccini, “Kings” will feature a local cast made up of Lynn’s Lauren Hall and Jen Mageary, Salem’s Kyle Gregory, Catherine Benjamin, Brit Christopher and Stevie Brandenburg, and Boxboro’s Shane Stecher.

“Kings” opens on Friday at 8 p.m. at Lynn Arts’ Neal Rantoul Black Box with additional shows Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.

“Kings” is presented in collaboration with the philanthropic Little Dinos Productions theater company. Started in 2012 by Emerson College students Gambaccini and Christopher, Little Dinos Productions is dedicated to activist theater that directly impacts community through awareness, outreach, and donations.

Tickets to “Kings” are on sale online at artsafterhours.com. You can also purchase tickets by calling the box office at 781-205-4010 or by emailing [email protected].

 

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