Teen Actors Take on Sex Education and Immigration Based on Their Experiences in School and at the Border

When Cry Havoc Theater Company traveled to South Texas to research a new work on immigration, one of the teenage actors recognized a boy who was being held in detention after coming across the border. He had gone to the first grade with the asylum-seeker in El Salvador but didn't mention it as they spoke."He didn't know what to do in that moment. He was so overwhelmed with emotion," recalls Mara Richards Bim, who founded Cry Havoc in 2014. The company creates plays by high school students on difficult social issues that affect them to make young people part of the discussion. "He felt helpless and didn't want to make it worse."The anecdote is included in Crossing the Line, the latest example of the company's so-called devised theater, in which student members conduct interviews that are then edited into dialogue and become part of pieces about their experiences. Co-directed by Richards Bim and Kitchen Dog Theater managing director Tim Johnson, it premieres July 18 at the Trinity River Arts Center in a co-production with Kitchen Dog.  Continue reading...

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