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GLT Datebook: Play Shows Heroic Side Of Immigrant Youth

Cyndee Brown
ISU Theater

 The hot topic of child immigration takes center stage in a play that takes reality and spins a web of fantasy around it. Illinois State University theater professor Cyndee Brown is the director of Bocon!, and talks about how fantasy can be a great way to explore troubling current events.

*The young hero of the play is forced to become on of the many unaccompanied minors who are fleeing their native land and heading to a new life in the United States.

* Though the play has contemporary problems at its core, it's portrayed in a mythical, fairytale kind of way, depicting the young boy as going on a perilous journey, with fantastic obstacles that he must overcome to find his voice and let his story be heard.

* Director Cyndee Brown says the play is aimed at families, and will be engaging to those ages eight through adulthood.  She believes children need a voice and that theater can give it to them.

*The play runs in ISU's Westoff Theater march 25 - April 2.

Reporter, content producer and former All Things Considered host, Laura Kennedy is a native of the Midwest who occasionally affects an English accent just for the heck of it. Related to two U.S. presidents, Kennedy appalled her family by going into show business.