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Homeless Onstage

New play explores the meanings of home

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HEADING HOME Santa Rosa Junior College students (left to right: Isiah Carter, Julie Schuldt, Siobhan O’Reilly, Poliento Ico III and Devon Keelty) bring the travails of being a homeless college student to light in new play. - JOHN CHOWN
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  • HEADING HOME Santa Rosa Junior College students (left to right: Isiah Carter, Julie Schuldt, Siobhan O’Reilly, Poliento Ico III and Devon Keelty) bring the travails of being a homeless college student to light in new play.

Three years ago, when a report was published claiming that more than 800 Santa Rosa Junior College students were essentially homeless, theater instructors Laura Downing-Lee and Leslie McCauley began envisioning a future theater project formed around exploring the issue.

This weekend, Leaving Home, opens a two weekend run in the Newman Auditorium. A “devised theatre piece,” created by students under the guidance of director Downing-Lee, the exercise in documentary theater is built around true stories of several SRJC students.

Framing the stories is the fictional story of a Humanities class, engaged in an oral history project in which students are asked the question, “What does leaving home mean to you?” The answers to that question begin to unravel a larger story of how the world has changed since these young adults parents, and their grandparents, first left home to experience the world.

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