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Performance Wed Jan 13 2010
The youth theatre company For Children, By Children (FCBC) is used to performing in shows that address a variety of subject matter, but this month, things are turned up a notch. In Silent Screams, the troupe will take on the teen homelessness, an issue that is affecting youth all over the nation.
Rod Lewis, FCBC artistic director and producer is aware of the heavy subject matter, but recognizes the importance of the issue and feels the story must be told. "I have a colleague who is affiliated with Stand Up For Kids, a non-profit organization for homeless and runaway teens. She asked me to write a play about homeless teens in Chicago to help raise awareness for their cause."
To prepare for the script and to help get into character, Lewis requested that the actors go without bathing or clean clothes for three days. For additional research, he visited an area of the North side with a large number of runaway youth and talked to them about their situation. "After those conversations, I, along with five of my students, wrote the script," said Lewis.
Silent Screams is playing at CICS-Longwood Academy, 1309 W. 95th St., Thursday, January 14 and Friday, January 15 and Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22. All shows are at 7pm. Admission is free; however, monetary and/or clothing donations (to help the homeless) are welcome. For more information, please contact 708-769-9880.