NYT Critics' Pick "STreet Children"

Transgender ‘Street Children,’ Out on a Pier

"The characters in some plays — generally the not-so-good ones — leave your consciousness almost as soon as you leave the theater. Others stay a while, or never leave at all. I’m confident that the three central characters in “Street Children,” an affecting and saucily funny new play by Pia Scala-Zankel, about transgender youth living on the harsh streets of New York in the 1980s, will remain with me for good. But also, given the dark turns their lives take, for not-so-good."

- Charles Isherwood

Photo credit - Ted Alcorn

Photo credit - Ted Alcorn

Adam Szymkowicz interview - Pia talks "Street Children"!

" I seem to always write about raw and painful heartache
combined with fierce resilience and child-like innocence"
- Pia Scala-Zankel

Check out this amazing interview by Adam Szymkowics with our Playwright and Artistic Director Pia Scala-Zankel - about our upcoming production Street Children!




Shoptalk: Queering Theater

Shoptalk is a casual salon-style gathering of theater makers engaging with the pressing topics that define theater today.

Following on the success of last year’s lively conversation about women in theater, in this installment, we consider experiences, struggles and victories of LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people in theater. Typically held around a dining table, this presentation opens up intimate conversations to a broad and diverse public.

October 3, 2016 at BRIC in Brooklyn.

Guest panelists include Adam Bock, Will Davis, Donnetta Lavinia Grays and Carmelita Tropicana. NY Times writer Ginia Bellafante will moderate.

Street Children


Set in NYC in the late ’80s, Street Children explores the romantic idealism, shattered dreams, and high cost of living experienced by the LGBTQ youth of the Lower Hudson piers. The story follows the intertwining journeys of three young characters who are reeling in the aftermath of their beloved street mother’s cruel murder. Ultimately, they must choose between the thrills and camaraderie of life as they know it, and the safety and stability of a quieter existence—albeit one potentially defined by isolation and ostracism.