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SISTERS IN THE SYSTEM–An Immersive Theatre Piece by Tori Rice

Tori Rice (Photo Credit Dana Patrick)

Tori Rice (Photo Credit Dana Patrick)

Sisters in the System

by Tori Rice

Where: SDSU Experimental Theatre

When: Wednesday, March 25 & Friday March 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: Free, with reservation

Sisters in the System by Tori Rice is an immersive theatre piece about two girls navigating juvenile court. Rice interviewed students, judges, CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates), attorneys, social workers, family members and many others. The resulting play is a fictionalized account of those interviews, offering a 360 view into the almost comical complexity and confusion encountered by juveniles in the foster care and court systems. The play was originally produced with great success last summer in the mock courtroom at Cal Western School of Law.

The production is a collaboration between Playwrights Project, San Diego State University’s Guardian Scholars Program, and SDSU’s School of Theatre, Television, and Film (TTF), and was developed as a commission for Playwrights Project’s program Telling Stories: Giving Voice to Foster Youth.  Adapting the play to a university theatre setting is providing an opportunity for students in different departments to collaborate and build empathy as the students (on stage and in the audience) learn about the challenges faced by college students who have had to navigate a “system.”

Space is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP at  write@playwrightsproject.org or call (858) 384-2970.

The event flyer is available here: http://www.playwrightsproject.org/Flyers/FY15/TellingStories2015VIP.pdf

Directions to the theatre, parking info, on SDSU website here: http://ttf.sdsu.edu/index.php/buy_tickets/directions

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HEART OF A LION–An Interview with Michael Eichler

Michael Eichler had an excerpt of his play Heart of a Lion read at WordPlay Tuesdays at Diversionary Theatre in October 2014. The entire script will be read at Moxie Theatre 6663 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, 92115 on Tuesday March 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm. (A show the day before sold out a month in advance!) Tickets are $20 and all proceeds will benefit the Consensus Organizing Center at SDSU. You can make reservations at admin.consensus@mail.sdsu.edu.  Kevin Six is directing a terrific cast led by Jim Chovick.  Come join Leon the lion and learn that love can take the most unusual forms.

Tell us about Heart of a Lion and its development.
I was thinking about how little communication we have between generations today and when we do it’s pretty stilted and stereotypical. I asked, what do these attempts at connecting look like? Is there such a thing as friendship between people of different generations? If not, is there anything we can do to compensate?

What are your challenges? What are your successes?

Pete has a lion puppet, Leon, who becomes his best friend. This premise creates a very demanding role for the actor who has to be both the puppet and the man. Is this an idea that today’s audiences can relate to, or is it just a “stupid little story?” We had a house reading  and the play was very well received.

What is your next step?

After two readings at Moxie, and the necessary rewrites, I hope to find a theatre interested in a workshop production. Maybe there is a market for a sweet little oddball romance after all. When you think about it, who wouldn’t want to get to know Leon?

Read our previous interview with Michael about his play Holy Name. https://sandiegoplaywrights.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/holy-name-an-interview-with-michael-eichler/

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