SYA 2012/13 Season
Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) is excited to announce its 2012/13 season! The 2012/13 SYA season is part of Now Is The Time, a season-long initiative to inspire citywide conversation about making positive change in our communities to stop the trend of youth violence and intolerance. In particular, this season's productions are focused on the role of social activism and civic responsibility in creating healthy communities.
Participating institutions include DePaul University, Chicago Public Library and 14 other organizations including SYA. We'll be presenting two productions, The Book Thief, based on the novel by Markus Zusak and adapted by Heidi Stillman and How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence an original production created by Miles Harvey and his students at DePaul University. More information is provided below. We hope to see you there!
Read about Now is the Time in the Chicago Tribune
The Book Thief
Based on the novel by Markus Zusak
Adapted by Heidi Stillman
Directed by Hallie Gordon
October 16 – November 11, 2012 in the Upstairs Theatre
Liesel Meminger is a young girl struggling to survive in Nazi Germany. Her life is filled with risk and danger but her love of books guides her through a brutal world. Death watches over her, fascinated by humankind’s will to live. The Book Thief looks at the terrible cost of violence, bearing witness to our compassion and complicity. When Death tells a story, you listen.
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How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence
by Miles Harvey
Directed by Edward Torres
Artistic Consulting by Kelli Simpkins
February 26 – March 20, 2013 in the Upstairs Theatre
Woven together from interviews gathered by journalist Miles Harvey and his students at DePaul University, How Long Will I Cry? provides raw, truthful insight into the problem of youth violence. By giving voice to those who know the tragic consequences of violence first-hand—families of the victims, residents of crime-ridden neighborhoods and especially young people—How Long Will I Cry? inspires all of us to join together in search of a solution.
Following a run in Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre, How Long Will I Cry? will tour to Chicago Public Library branches throughout the city. In conjunction with the tour, Steppenwolf will host digital media workshops for teens that encourage critical thinking, recognizing moral choices, acting as an upstander in one’s community and making teen voices heard. These performances and workshops will be presented free of charge.
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