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NBYT Teen Company To Perform “Comic Shorts”

The New Britain Youth Theater Teen Company will perform Comic Shorts, a collection of short comedies, on April 12 and 13 at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center in downtown New Britain. With wordplay, sight gags and side-splitting laughs, there’s a bit for every sense of humor in Comic Shorts.

The six sketches being performed were selected by NBYT Artistic Director David Sousa, and each will be directed by a different New Britain Youth Theater teaching artist. Sousa chose five of the comedies from pieces first performed at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and from All in the Timing, a collection of one-act comedies by David Ives; the sixth is the work of a local playwright. The plays include: Americansaint by Adam LeFevre, directed by Raymond Arnold; Attack of the Moral Fuzzies by Nancy Beverly, directed by Carmine Lavieri; Bed and Breakfast by Richard Dresser, directed by Christina LoBello; Random Significance by Scott Auden (the Connecticut playwright), directed by Becky Beth Benedict; The Road to Ruin by Richard Dresser, directed by Jessica Hart; and Variations on the Death of Trotsky by David Ives, directed by Nicki LaPorte.

Comic Shorts will be performed in an intimate setting in the rotunda of Trinity-on-Main Performance Center, located at 69 Main Street in New Britain. Performances are Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Special group rates are available for parties of ten or more. Tickets may be reserved by calling New Britain Youth Theater at 860-515-8115 or may be purchased online through a link at

New Britain Youth Theater was founded in 2010 to provide after-school programming to the Consolidated School District of New Britain, to produce a season of performances by and for children and young adults, and to offer drama classes and summer programs. The theater reaches children and their families in Greater New Britain, Greater Hartford, the Farmington Valley, and throughout Connecticut. NBYT is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and young adults by encouraging creative thinking, fostering self-confidence and self-esteem, and developing general life skills through involvement in low-cost programs in the performing arts. NBYT maintains its administrative office at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center in downtown New Britain, and operates programs throughout Greater New Britain. New Britain Youth Theater is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.