‘What is a child’s place?’

Kiame BiandudiEast Knox, Our Town Youth

The Carpetbag Theatre’s Homegrown Ambassadors Youth Theatre program is back in full swing with an original production that asks the questions, in today’s climate, “what is a child’s place?”

For generations, our young people have heard parents and elders alike, tell them that children should be “seen and not heard” and they should stay in “a child’s place,” but with the onset of a global pandemic, gun violence senselessly taking the lives of their schoolmates and teen mental health crises rising higher than ever before, our young people need so much more than to stay silent right now.

Birthed from a series of story circles and guidance by youth director Kisha Rockett, our Homegrown Ambassadors have written “A Child’s Place” in order to be seen and heard, while opening up the space for conversation about the issues our young people are facing in their everyday lives; from their social media pages to their school hallways.

Come listen, watch and ask questions as our young people tell their side of the story through theatre, poetry and dance and provide their own answer to the question, “what is a child’s place?”

Snacks and desserts will be on sale before and after the production. We also want to invite the audience to stick around after the show for a talkback session with the Homegrown Ambassadors as we open the space up for real, heart-to-heart conversation with some of the brightest youth in our city.

  • Where: SouLoung, 211 Harriet Tubman Street, Knoxville
  • When: 6 p.m. Saturday, April 16
  • Cost: Pay what you can – no amount you offer is too big or too small

The Carpetbag Theatre Inc. was founded in 1969 and chartered in 1970. We are a Knoxville-based professional, multi-generational ensemble company dedicated to the production of new works. We work in partnership with community artists, activists, cultural workers, storytellers and leaders to create original, theatrical works.

Kiame Biandudi can be reached at 865-824-8723 or [email protected]

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