The Theatre @ Boston Court kicks off their Community Partner Program with Homeboy Industries, a Los Angeles-based organization which assists at-risk and formerly gang-involved youth to become positive and contributing members of society through job placement, training and education.
Founded as a jobs program in 1988 by Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries has grown into a nationwide model for at-risk and gang-involved youth job placement, training and education.
“As we develop the Community Partner program, our hope is to give an opportunity for organizations to spread their missions with ads in our programs as well as speak to our audiences directly through post show discussion panels,” says Michael Seel, Executive Director of Boston Court Performing Arts Center. “Homeboy Industries is the ideal Community Partner for this production.”
Boston Court’s Community Partner program is designed to connect the theatre with area organizations whose missions are relevant to the subject matter of the play being produced on the Main Stage. The current production opening February 27, “Oedipus el Rey,” a National New Play Network World Premiere by Luis Alfaro, is a gritty reimagining of Sophocles’ “Oedipus Rex.” In this production, the modern kingdom is the barrio of East L.A. Oedipus, just released from prison, is in search of a new place called home. Along the way he faces off with a wounded queen, a three-headed born-again serpent and a king with road rage.
The panel scheduled to follow the March 11 performance is a discussion on the causes of recidivism and what steps are being taken to reduce recidivism rates in California. Scheduled to participate is Mario Prieto of Homeboy Industries.
Visit BostonCourt.org for tickets.
Visit homeboy-industries.org for more information about their programs and to learn how you can support their organization.