Unseen. Unheard. Unspoken. Play
Shafer Street Playhouse - 221 N. Shafer St.
The teens in ART 180's summer theater program are putting on a play! Teens were encouraged to write and perform their own theater production in eight weeks. The play, titled Unseen. Unheard. Unspoken., calls attention to complex themes including identity, social justice, religion, politics and self-respect, as understood by teens in the program.
"The wonderful thing about the play is that everything that's on stage comes from their experiences - it's how they look at the world, in their own words. We're not editing anything," says Program Leader Elyse Jolley.
With the theater program this summer, the group seeks to bring attention to youth voices and perspectives that have been unheard. The play allows the teens' perspectives to be heard by everyone, especially adults.
"Sometimes kids feel like their opinions and thoughts aren't taken seriously," added Elyse.
"They're paying attention and know what's going on in the world, they know what's important to them, and a lot of times they aren't given the opportunity to express themselves fully. The play provides them with an opportunity to speak their truth."
You can see Unseen. Unheard. Unspoken. Saturday, August 19 at the Shafer Street Playhouse on the Monroe Park campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. The production will be held at 7 p.m., followed by a talkback and reception. The event is free and open to the public.