we write south philly high, november 29 - december 2

Here's some amazing work that's been happening in the wake of violence that has plagued South Philadelphia High... Philadelphia Young Playwrights, a program that gives a platform for the voices of students through writing, presents We Write South Philly High, a personal piece created by students who were affected by what unfolded in their hallways and classrooms.

It's the story you didn't hear in the news. The students' play features real-life accounts of students, staff, and alumni, collected through interviews conducted by the students themselves and will be performed by students on a professional stage, November 29 - December 2 at The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. Here are some more details:
The Wilma Theater
Philadelphia Young Playwrights in association with The Wilma Theater and 1812 Productions features Student Voices Center Stage with Professional Productions of:

by Haley Gordon

by Lyn Huong Nguyen

Written and performed by the Students of South Philadelphia High School in collaboration with 1812 Productions, The Wilma Theater, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights

November 29 - December 2, 2011 at The Wilma Theater
Student Matinees:
Wednesday - Friday, 11/30-12/2 at 11am
Matinee admission is free for all school groups. Space is limited, and reservations are required. To make a reservation for your school group, please contact Mindy Early at 215.665.9226.

Thursday, 12/1 at 7:30pm*
Friday, 12/2 at 8pm
Tickets are $15 (general admission) or $12 (students/seniors with ID)
*Featuring an accessible performance in partnership with Independence Starts Here! led by Art-Reach and VSA Pennsylvania.
This sounds pretty incredible -- will it give proper voice to this struggle? The production acts as an account of the violence, but hopefully also as a community vessel to heal and move on. For more information on We Write South Philly High, go to the Philadelphia Young Playwrights website here, and The Wilma Theater website here.

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