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Shakespearean Theater presents ‘The Grown-Ups’ in the outdoors of Fort Wadsworth

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – “The Grown-Ups,” a Shakespearean production from Staten Island that follows a group of idealistic Gen Z camp counselors as they try to shape the future leaders of tomorrow, will be performed this weekend and next at Camp Gateway in Ft. Wadsworth .

The riveting comedy takes audiences to Camp Indigo Woods – campfire, s’mores, pineapple apocalypse and more.

Five camp counselors are enthusiastic: Aidan (Kieran Graulich), the mustachioed, enthusiastic assistant camp director, his younger sister Maeve (Sophia Condon), an energetic camper favorite, her best friend Becca (Kayla Cariffe), who survived a terrifying ordeal as a child. now repurposed as a scary campfire story, and Lukas (Michael Kishon), who has “well-intentioned confusion about his purpose.”

They are joined by a newcomer – and somewhat wary Cassie (Ochanya Itodo) – who lives a year-round life of achievement and is less sentimental about the group’s summer traditions.

Over the course of several weeks, as the advisors navigate internal conflict and grapple with their nostalgia for the way things have always been done, a more dangerous national crisis begins to creep in from the outside.

A scene from ‘The Adults’. (Courtesy/ZIST)

The play was first produced during the COVID years in a Brooklyn backyard. Following in the tradition of the original, this production will be intimate and even offer real campfire s’mores to the audience!

The performances are on June 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. with rain dates, June 16 and June 23.

Camp Gateway, Fort Wadsworth, is located in the Gateway National Recreation Area, National Parks Service, 255 New York Ave.

General admission is $30, students and seniors, $27, members, $25.

Buy tickets online at: sishakespeare.org

The director is Courtney Emerson, assistant directors: Meredith Sladek, stage manager, Laura Casertano, sound engineering, Michael Alessia, lighting design, Matt Homme, and graphic design, Courtney Emerson.

Producers are Frank Williams and Cara S. Liander.

The Staten Island Shakespearean Theater Company presents the works of Shakespeare and other classical theater in ‘site-specific’ locations, to provide a theatrical environmental experience.