A Skate Play, presented by Eyes Up Here Productions, socially engages neighborhood youth by showcasing an original skate theatre production that provides a playful, innovative platform for community and creative exploration. First performed in McCarren Skatepark in 2013, A Skate Play was translated into Arabic for Skateqilya Skatepark in Jayyous, Palestine in 2018. In the multidisciplinary production, skaters represent the flight of birds performing in tandem with actors, integrating skate choreography with theatrical dialogue and storytelling. In addition to the live production in Golconda Skate Park, the team provides community outreach programs for youth in the form of theatre workshops to explore storytelling and creative engagement in public space, and by offering the opportunity to freestyle with and learn from the team’s skate pros.
The Eyes Up Production team has developed the project to co-exist with the regular skate park activity during the rehearsal and performance period. The play involves 5 skaters, 5 actors and 2 musicians, plus a youth ensemble.