And it kept clicking as the kids many of them first-time actors kept polishing Throwaway/Runaway. Mercado had done an original production at North High a few years ago and wanted to do another; his students considered focusing on immigration or gang life before they decided on homeless youth but as it turns out, there was plenty of overlap. But the biggest realization they had, Mercado says, was that a lot of these homeless kids werent so different from themselves. It humanized the issue for them, brought it a little closer to home.
Throwaway/Runaway will have its world premiere at 2 p.m. today (repeating at 2 p.m. tomorrow) at Riverfront Plaza, 1600 Little Raven Street. That location clicked, too. We were practicing a lot of our improvs right outside on the plaza while we were exploring venues, Mercado says. Then we thought, How cool would it be to do this with downtown Denver as a backdrop? Were talking about kids living on the streets; why not do it on the streets? As a result, theres limited seating, but plenty of standing room and both shows are free. For more information, go to www.platteforum.org, www.labyrintharts.org or call 303-893-0791.
June 21-22, 2 p.m., 2008