Behind the Eyes of a Child: Can You See Me Now?
Год издания: 2010Количество страниц: 164
This play delivers and addresses real-life struggles many youths face today! A play that tackles the root of anti-social behavior, juvenile delinquency and spirituality. Troubled seventeen year old Jaquan is released from a detention center and placed into the temporary custody of his upper-class cousin, Chief, until his estranged mother recovers from a severe stroke. Upon Jaquan's arrival at the mansion, he immediately mistakes Chief for the butler and tries to persuade him to help him rob the place. When Chief reveals his true identity and that he's also a police chief, conflict escalates between the two with Chief laying down the law, and Jaquan taking every opportunity to break that law. From attempting to smoke an illegal substance in front of Chief and blaming his actions on a fake bipolar condition, to stealing and wrecking Chief's dead brother's Mercedes, Jaquan humorously finds himself too stressed to be blessed. Throughout the play, both men struggle to see beyond the exterior of what each represents. In Chief's eyes, Jaquan represents the low-life thug who killed his brother; Jaquan sees Chief as another adult he can't trust or allow to get close to him for fear of being hurt. In order for both men to move forward, they must learn to forgive, listen, and understand each other, which will not be an easy task. By the end of Act I, Jaquan and Chief's perception of each other begins to change, but is short-lived when Jaquan's criminal-minded boy, Bonz, creeps into his present and forces him to betray Chief and do the unthinkable... Behind the Eyes of Child was performed in December 2005 at a theater in Times Square to a well-received audience of 650 inner-city/at-risks youths from the New York City tri-state area. In June 2006, it was showcased for juveniles in residential detention facilities in the New York State area.