Students seek to ease criminal justice dialogue with interactive play
Students in Red Hook took the stage Thursday to perform an interactive play about the school-to-prison pipeline and the criminal justice system.
The Red Hook Community Justice Center collaborated with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC to provide an outlet for the teens to create their play titled, "Wrong place, wrong time."
"This play is not just a regular play about people who experience stuff," said Storm Clementi-Thomas. "It's based on the real life experiences of the people who are in the play."
The Theatre Troupe student actors engaged the audience and encouraged their participation and comments at the play's conclusion.
While policing in the United States is often considered a sensitive topic, both the organizers and student actors agreed that theater is an effective way to ease that dialogue.
"We just wanted to make a funny skit about it to make it easier to talk about," said Makayla Lovett.
The students in the Theater Troupe plan to continue their work around the criminal justice system and have an additional performance planned for the new year.