TOWARDS YOUTH: a play on radical hope
Feb 25 - March 16, 2019
a Project: Humanity and Crow's Theatre production
in collaboration with Dr. Kathleen Gallagher
Co-directed by Chris Abraham and Andrew Kushnir
Featuring Aldrin Bundoc, Amaka Umeh, Emilio Vieira, Jessica Greenberg, Liisa Repo-Martell, Loretta Yu, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Tim Dowler-Coltman, & Zorana Sadiq
Set, Costume & Lighting Design by Ken MacKenzie
Music Composition and Sound Design by Deanna Choi
Video Design & Tech by Amelia Scott
Dialect Design by Eric Armstrong
Stage Managed by Sarah Miller
Apprentice Stage Manager Karli Feldman
Assistant Director Natasha Greenblatt
“A showcase of an extraordinary ensemble of actors; I’ve never seen the group dynamics of teenagers represented so well on stage by actors who are not, themselves, teens. Great energy and originality”
- The Globe & Mail, ★★★/4
Ambitious, sprawling and invested with tenacious heart, it’s impossible not to root for Towards Youth.
- NOW MAgazine, NNNN
“Towards Youth, is a full-length, continent-spanning, multilingual epic; A stunning reinterpretation of what “verbatim” and documentary” theatre can mean.”
- Toronto star, ★★★/4
As democracies thin out all over the world, is there a radical hope to be found in the humble high school drama classroom? Dr. Kathleen Gallagher has spent her life researching young people and how drama affords a rare window onto their experiences, anxieties and dreams. Written by award-winning documentary theatremaker Andrew Kushnir, Towards Youth brings Kathleen’s timely work to the stage, and reveals startling truths about youth culture in England, Greece, India, Taiwan and Canada. Exploring Brexit to Trump to growing up in times of austerity, this new play envisions drama kids across the globe as more than the canaries in the coalmine. While helping us to understand how they’re shouldering this world they've inherited, can young people teach us all a better way forward?
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Towards Youth was originally commissioned through Dr. Kathleen Gallagher's research project: Youth, Theatre, Radical Hope and the Ethical Imaginary, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Towards Youth has been generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter program. Development for the project was generously supported by the Banff Playwrights Lab.
Project: Humanity is grateful for the support of Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney, production sponsors.