For the past nine years, CVRep has presented an annual Youth Outreach Production. To date, close to 12,000 young people have been bussed, free of charge, to see age appropriate theater productions. In order to reach a larger number of students, the 2017-2018 Season’s Youth Outreach Production of BULLY: It’s The Fight Of His LIfe written and performed by Lee J. Kaplan was taken on the road and performed at schools from Desert Hot Springs to Salton City, allowing us to reach over 5,000 young people over a two week period.
Culturally relevant and topically sensitive works are intentionally selected. Some of our past plays include issues of immigration, relocating to new neighborhoods or schools, bullying, and dealing with the loss of a loved one. We present two performances a day for two weeks, and at the end of each play, we conduct a Q & A where the audience can ask questions about what they experienced and discuss what they did and did not understand. This opens up a dialogue to continuing the conversation long after leaving the theatre.
The Youth Outreach Production is made possible by generous grants from the NEWMAN’S OWN FOUNDATION/Patty and Arthur Newman and the FREMONT FOUNDATION/Barbara Fremont.