Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Not Just A Character"

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"Not Just A Character"

Directed by Evelyn Francis

ACTING ENSEMBLE & CO-CREATORS
Shawn Avila
Lucki Bias
Nikki Boucher
Jose Cancel
Ghia Cipriano
Will Lora
Coen McCafferty
Nancy McGee
Alyssa O'Brien
Marco Rojas
Taylor Timmons

OTHER CO-CREATORS
Jesse Davis
Jessica Hartman
Garcia Velez
Belinda Ruszkowski

Assistant Director Lucki Bias
Educational Interns Nick Bazo & Henry Thompson
Technical Intern Dan Gonzalez

I was born left-handed, as all tests show: my right foot's bigger than my left; when I fold my hands the left thumb is comfortable only on top; my left eye dominates; however, my parents and early teachers switched me so thoroughly that everything I have Learned To Do I do right-handed. Still, when my body does things Automatically --- like stepping up onto a curb or starting to climb stairs, my Left foot goes first. And since back in 7th grade it was drawings of "Sheena The Queen of The Jungle" that first turned me on, it's likely I was also born heterosexual. But what if that were not true? Back then (1944) there was no Out Youth Theater or Theater Offensive bringing alternate "life-styles" into high-schools to let their Gay Pride combat homophobia --- to keep Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender teens from despair and suicide by making playlets out of their own lives and experiences, and discussing such things with their audiences after the show. In today's world, this is a brave thing to do.

Perhaps the panel-discussions, in which they can all be themselves and answer questions honestly, are the most important aspect of this True Colors cast. Their teaching-plays and monologues are meant to introduce ideas that can open discussions, not to win Norton Awards. They also serve to introduce teens, searching for justification for their impulses, that they are not alone. And next February 17 - 26 True Colors will audition a dozen diverse youth (ages 14 - 22) to join the company. For more information e-mail truecolors@thetheateroffensive.org.

I had a friend once who often loudly pontificated that "There is nothing SINISTER about Left-Handed-ness!" Should we have started a theater-company, do you think?

Love,
===Anon.

"Not Just A Character" (20 January)
TRUE COLORS/OUT YOUTH THEATER
@ CENTRAL SQUARE THEATRE, 450 Massachuisetts Avenue, CAMBRIDGE MA
1(617)292-7110

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