New Play Based on True Stories of Troubled Youth Performed in St. Louis

 

 

 

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UNHEARD VOICES:  You Don’t Know My Story, a play I conceived but drawn directly from the raw and courageous stories of young men (aged 16-20) living in a transitional residence in north St. Louis, will be performed on April 28 at the Ferguson Youth Initiative and on May 12 at the Gaslight Theater in St. Louis’s Central West End.

I led a creative writing workshop run by Your Words STL at Marygrove, a residential home for troubled and disadvantaged children and youth, this spring.  The dozen or so young men I worked with focused on telling autobiographical stories in the form of monologues.  What they wrote gave voice to the incredible life challenges and brutal circumstances of their upbringing–many of them going through 10 or more foster homes and enduring abuse of all kinds from their parents and others–with most of them forging a brave and triumphant path for themselves.  The resulting play, which I wove together from their remarkable stories, and produced by PRIME theater, is a showcase of resilience and courage.

Behind the Scenes of the MEMORY BOX Shoot

We had a terrific shoot for my new short, MEMORY BOX, on April 7.  Here are some pics that capture a bit of the action.

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From left, Gaffer Nathanael Brunner watches as director Karl Shefelman and cinematographer Dave Rutherford set up a shot.  Also observing is Assistant Director, Ryan Gregory, right.

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Nurse Clair, Jessica Ambuehl, tends to Brian, played by John Pierson.

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Robert (Lou Cariffe) and Brian (John Pierson) from a moment in their opening scene together.

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DP Dave Rutherford and director Karl Shefelman make final adjustments for closeup with John Pierson.

 

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Yours truly monitoring the script during the shoot.

 

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Three terrific performers, Lou Cariffe, Jessica Ambuehl, and John Pierson.

 

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Cast and crew at the end of a very productive day of shooting.