All scripts are written by Community Works Youth Theater Programs
2016: filed as Cip
Josh, Athena, Sandy, and Charlie are four high school youth who meet every week to talk about their issues as “CIP” – children of incarcerated parents. Their facilitator tries to get them to open up, but it’s not as easy as he had anticipated. One day the youth decide to turn the tables on the facilitator and things quickly get real. By the end of their session, the truth is out, wants and all, and everyone – including the facilitator – will never be the same. Based on the experiences of four San Francisco youth who helped write it, this 30-minute play is a courageous look at what it means to be a San Francisco teen impacted by a parent’s incarceration – and what educators and therapists can do to actually make a difference.
2015: the reality of us
Mac and Aaliyah are both sophomores at the same school, but barely know each other. When they finally meet one fateful morning they learn they have similar circumstances – both of their moms have died, their dads are incarcerated, and their lives are spiraling downward fast. At first it seems they were destined to meet and help each other run away from their dysfunctional lives and finally realize their dreams. But are they two trains running parallel toward hope or are their tracks intersecting in calamitous ways?
2015: the rise of kaos
Kaos is a 16 year old girl on a mission: to find the older brother she lost six years earlier after their mom and dad were simultaneously incarcerated. When their mother returns from jail, she yearns to reconnect with Kaos – but it’s not so easy to start over from where they left off. When Kaos finally learns of her brother’s whereabouts, it brings her closer to the truth – and a reunion she never could have expected.
2014: in between the lines
Racial profiling. Self-stereotyping. Addiction. Feelings of powerlessness. Poverty. Resentment. Getting caught up in “The Game.” Keeping up appearances. Absent fathers. Vicious cycles. What happens when we take a closer look…in between the lines. In Between the Lines examines this question through the fictional narrative of “Ricky” and the people he has impacted with his incarceration.