Chain Reaction

Tonight Q and I went to a play called Chain Reaction, presented by our local Youtheatre.  The play is about slavery in the modern world, including the United States.  According to Free the Slaves, there are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today.  That’s more than two times the number of Africans taken during the trans-Atlantic slave trade.  The play was based upon true stories of young ex-slaves who have survived to tell their stories.  The Youtheatre group did a nice job writing and creating the production.  The show was free, but donations were collected to support Free the Slaves.  They say that 90% of their donations go directly to free slaves and that it costs about $20.00 to free one slave.  The play showed how we’re all connected and that our daily purchases may be supporting slavery.  The goal of the play is to increase awareness and raise money for Free the Slaves.

Q knew some of the actors from school.  Every summer Youtheatre begins rehearsing for a production when the school year ends.  It’s for teens between the ages of 13 and 19 and it seems like an awesome program.  Several of the actors in this production are deaf, as they reach out to deaf kids, as well as other kids with disabilities or who are at-risk for legal problems.  The actors are paid a weekly stipend, the shows are free, and the group chooses a relevant organization to donate the proceeds to that is somehow related to the show’s theme.  Usually, it’s a local organization that helps kids, but this year they looked beyond themselves with the show and donation, choosing a worldwide issue and group.  They did an awesome job!


2 Responses

  1. What a great program and a great way to support a worthy cause. I wonder if we have something similar around here?

  2. I’m ignorant…. where are these slaves?

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