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Collaborative Youth Arts Project

A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory presents

A Place to Belong
(formerly SeaChange)

A Collaborative Youth Arts Project (CYAP)
by Marisela Treviño Orta
Directed by Elizabeth Carter

Jul 24–27
The Rueff at A.C.T.s Strand Theater
1127 Market Street

Jul 28 & 29
Destiny Arts Center, Oakland

Rents are rising.
Police are profiling.
Communities are changing.
We know it’s happening.
What are we going to do about it?

In this snapshot of a day in the life of Bay Area teens, playwright Marisela Treviño Orta explores the impact of gentrification, LGBTQ+ intolerance, mental health stigmas, and systemic discrimination on our youth. Through the power of technology, photography, and spoken word, this year’s Collaborative Youth Arts Project questions what it means to be Bay Area bred and feel like you don’t belong.

Inspired by the real-life stories of teens from rapidly changing neighborhoods in Oakland and the Mission, Bayview, and Fillmore districts of San Francisco, this world premiere combines a cast of young actors from A.C.T.’s Education & Community Programs, Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, and A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory. Now in its fourth year, the Collaborative Youth Arts Project initiative brings together a diverse group of young actors from the Bay Area to create a play articulating social justice issues confronting today’s teens.

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