Students of local high school have written a verbatim play annually for the past 3 years. Each piece has been featured in the Theatre of NOTE Young Writer Project and this year. This year, these young thespians share an anthology performance of their original pieces including two new installments.
Year 1, “Today”, inspired by the death of Mike Brown, this piece masterfully uses Twitter feeds to create vertbatim-style dialogue on issues related to police brutality and racial profiling. Year 2, “Still”, explores reasons why teens sometimes feel the need to self-harm or attempt suicide. Some of these reasons are often bullying, lack of LGBTQ visibility, and body shaming. Year 3, “Something Old, Something New”, explores how we sometime bury trauma and emotion in ways that foster attachments to items or shapes our identity. Year 4 is in the works now and will explore themes related to student voices and poverty. All pieces in this anthology convey the fears, love, passions, and so much more of generation z; their hopes and wishes for the world. this anthology explore race, gender, and identity from the perspective of young people and its time we all listened.