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
Production Designer by Ken MacKenzie
Music composition and Sound Designer Deanna Choi
Stage Managed by sarah miller
Featuring Aldrin Bundoc, Amaka Umeh, Emilio Vieira, Jessica Greenberg, Liisa Repo-Martell, Loretta Yu, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Tim Dowler-Coltman, & Zorana Sadiq.
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.