Art Imitates Life at Free Street Theater

Chicago play focuses on foreclosures and the economic crisis

Monday, Mar 23, 2009  |  Updated 10:53 AM CDT
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Sub-Prime Youth

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In Sub-Prime Youth, a group of first generation Mexican-American youth finds protection from the collapsing American Dream by inventing a cynical reality.

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Sub-Prime Youth

Free Street Theater's Sub-Prime Youth is a creative reaction to the current economic crisis.
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With roots in the spirit of social questioning that followed the assassination of Dr. King, Free Street has been creating theater with Chicago's low-income communities since 1969.

The diverse ensembles, in a city that is still one of the most segregated in America, continue to ask "What's next?" for community, individual and creative development.

Free Street Theater kicks-off its 40th anniversary with a new production created by the professional and teen artists in its ensemble.

Each year, the ensemble creates non-autobiographical performances, developed with writing, that springs from creative explorations by the teen artists. Acting development and script facilitation are directed by Artistic Director Ron Bieganski.

Sub-Prime Youth is a creative reaction to the current economic crisis, weaving the brutal realism of a Mexican-American family facing foreclosure with the emotional surreal music of the Muses of Destruction.

In Sub-Prime Youth, a group of first generation Mexican-American youth finds protection from the collapsing American Dream by inventing a cynical reality. The psychological hit from the failure of all their expectations is tremendous.

Free Street Theater, located at 1419 W. Blackhawk Ave., is free if a patron’s home is in foreclosure. Otherwise, a $15 general admission and $5 students is applied.

Free Street Theater
1419 W. Blackhawk Avenue, 3rd Floor at Pulaski Park.
For Reservations: 773-772-7248

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