Levels Teen Center Presents Original Play


Levels, the teen center in the Great Neck Library, is presenting the world premiere of Ben Zar’s original play, In Spite of You, on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. at the Library’s Main Building at 159 Bayview Ave. in Great Neck.

The show will have a very small in-person audience and will be livestreamed on the internet —visit Levels’ website at greatnecklibrary.org/levels-is for info on how to attend virtually or in-person.

In Spite of You is subtitled “The Great American Juggling Story Nobody Knew They Never Didn’t Not Want.” Come see it and find out what happens when a boy learns to juggle and subsequently, learns to love.

Teen cast members rehearse Ben Zar’s original play In Spite of You at the Levels Teen Center. Back row, from left: David Kagan, Chengguo Wei, Julia Chan, Adam Schiff, Jonathan Wu, Ben Zar. Middle row, seated from left: Nina Zar, Britt Trachtenberg. Front, on floor: Leah Schader. (Photo courtesy of Jonelle Robinson)

The cast of local high school and middle school students includes Julia Chan, David Kagan, Leah Schader, Adam Schiff, Jessica Tamari, Britt Trachtenberg, Chengguo Wei, Jonathan Wu, Maurice Zalta and Nina Zar. The show is written and directed by Ben Zar, and produced by Nina Zar, with set design by Britt Trachtenberg and costume design by Julia Chan and Leah Schader. Tyler “T-Rex” Hakimian is technical coordinator.

Levels, the Great Neck Library’s cultural center for teenagers established in 1974, presents several fully-staged theatrical productions a year, giving teens the opportunity to learn leadership and responsibility through the arts. Levels productions are directed, produced and performed by students in seventh grade through college-age under the guidance of Levels’ staff of accomplished adult artists.

For more information, contact Levels at 516-466-8055 ext. 216 or email levels@greatnecklibrary.org.

—Submitted by the Great Neck Library

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