CARDBOARD STORIES

From Saturday, 04 March 2017, to Sunday, 05 March 2017

  • By: Marvia Joye Watkins
  • Music By: September Penn

Story

In collaboration with the Immanuel Shelter, this play pulls homelessness to the forefront. An original piece created for the nonprofit Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless by Watkins and Penn, CARDBOARD STORIES tells the tale of the different worlds of homelessness and how it affects all of us.

Allie's story: The first of a four-part series focuses on a woman who aged out of foster care, gave birth to a baby girl and became homeless in Williams Park. There she meets Hope, a college student who helps her begin to see her hardships as opportunities. Can Allie overcome her seemingly insurmountable odds or will the struggle of homelessness leave her trapped in a cycle of victimization and despair?

“I’m so happy to be part of CARDBOARD STORIES,” says actress Katie Ariyan (Allie), “I’ve always loved social action theatre, and this piece brings to light an issue I’m not sure many people even know exists in Sussex County. I hope – when they leave the theatre – our audience members will know this is just a moment in these characters’ lives. Homelessness is not the end of the journey for these people; they are working to change their situations and need all the help and empathy we can muster to enable them to do so.”

Rex Rogosch, a member of Immanuel Shelter’s Board, echoes Ariyan’s sentiments: “We hope people will become aware of homelessness in our area, as well as homelessness in general. We also hope this play helps underscore that homelessness can affect many different types of people, who come from many different social, gender and age groups.”

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CAST

ALLIE                                         Katharine Ariyan
HOPE                                        Cat Timko
JACK                                         Glenn Vitale
BILL/HOMELESS WOMAN/
OPENER 9                                 Jean Houck
AMANDA/OPENER 7                 Tara Wisley
STATISTICIANS                         Cheryl Graves, Elyse Moore, Aleta Thompson, Amy Warick
POLICE OFFICER/SISTER/
OPENER 8                                 Randi Miller
"HIM"/OPENER 6                       Rex Rogosch
LEXIE                                         Lena Bellistri
VOLUNTEER 1/MISS IDELLA/
OPENER 5                                 Loretta Ulmer
VOLUNTEER 2/MISS RUBY/
OPENER 3                                 Leah Reynolds
VOLUNTEER 3/OPENER 4       Anna Samodai
OPENER 2/MOM/
MISS EVELYN                           Lara Bellistri
OPENER 1                                Dale Smith

CARDBOARD STORIES
is presented by special arrangements with Ms. Watkins and Ms. Penns.

Clear Space Theatre Company