CASA volunteers hear from playwright about new production, “Foster”

YORK — Summer Lukasiewicz, writer, creator and playwright, was the featured speaker at CASA for York County’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet. Lukasiewicz is the author of a new play being developed by BLIXT Arts Lab of Lincoln entitled “Foster.”

“Foster” is inspired by 30-plus interviews with early childcare providers, staff, advocates, parents and children in Nebraska, and explores the importance of quality early childhood education in our state.

Lukasiewicz shared several proverbs as she started her presentation: “Children are the reward of life,” a Congolese proverb. “What children hear their parents say by the fireside, they repeat on the highway,” a Spanish proverb. “It takes a village to raise a child,” African Proverb. And, “With a child in the house all corners are full,” a Yiddish proverb.

She then read, in character, several excerpts from her play.

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BLIXT Arts Lab provides the following synopsis of the new work on its website: “the play tells the story of a tenacious, experienced teacher show has developed an early childhood education program which harnesses the power of play to create a safe learning environment where kids can thrive. When she meets Foster, a 5-year-old navigating difficult challenges, all her best practices are put to the test. As she strives to build rapport with Foster, her methods and credibility are called into question by legislators who have the power to fund or defund early childhood education. Foster and his teacher move from challenges within the safety of their classroom to face challenges on a much bigger stage. Will their courage make a difference?”

BLIXT is a creative lab, developing powerful arts experiences through bold theater, immersive education and community co-creation. The non-profit is currently holding auditions for “Foster” by Lukasiewicz. The new work in development will be performed as a staged reading, directed by Michelle Colette Ingle, produced by BLIXT Arts Lab, and funded by BLIXT and the National Endowment for the Arts. It is currently in the casting phase.

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