In the news: IC play draws story from lives of homeless


An  Illinois College theatre production aims to give a voice to the homeless community in Jacksonville.

The play is called “The Path to Homelessness.” It features portrayals of homeless people based on interviews with actual individuals staying at the New Directions Warming and Cooling Center at Fayette and State Streets.

This was the final project of a first-year seminar class taught by IC theatre professor Nancy Taylor-Porter. Originally performed at the end of the fall semester last month, the students involved in the show will perform once more later this month.

“We interviewed a population that usually doesn’t get a voice, and we were able to bring their voices to the community and we could validate them, we could learn about them, and we could also educate other people about an issue that I think is often misunderstood,” she says.

Read the rest of the article by Jim McCabe at WLDS.


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