Drama Department to Present “Mullen’s Alley” November 15th-18th

The St. Charles Preparatory School Drama Department is proud to announce its fall production, the gripping drama, Mullen’s Alley by Timothy Mason. Mullen’s Alley will be presented Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 15, 16, & 17 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 p.m. in the St. Charles Campus Theatre, 2010 E. Broad St.  Adult tickets are $10 each, and student tickets are $5 each. Reservations may be placed by calling the St. Charles main office at 614/252-6714 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

(Photo) Cast members include, from left, Cameron Tiefenthaler (CSG), Andy Kraus, Noah Kuhr, Jack Margiotta, Avantae Gonzalez, Anna Turek (Bishop Ready), Nathan Schirtzinger, Donald Search. George Ferris, Jane Carney (Home school) and Alex Smith.

In the 1880s, Jacob Riis took a camera into the tenements and dives of New York’s Lower East Side, showing the world “How the Other Half Lives” in his famous book. Born out of a haunting photograph, this play delves into the world of Mullen’s Alley, and the lives of a handful of kids who are ferociously determined to grow and live in spite of the many obstacles in their way. With wit, anger, and ingenuity, these immigrant children carve out lives for themselves as they interact uneasily with the intrusion of Riis and his omnipresent camera.

Mullen’s Alley premiered August 26, 2005, produced by the Young Conservatory at the American Conservatory Theatre (Craig Slaight, Artistic Director) in San Francisco, California. St. Charles is proud to present the Columbus and Central Ohio premiere of this fascinating and thought-provoking show.

Jacob Riis was a photographer and writer whose book How the Other Half Lives led to a revolution in social reform. He was born in Denmark in May 1849 and emigrated to the United States in 1870. After a series of odd jobs, he became a police reporter, a job he enhanced with his natural photographic skills. Led by his interest in New York City’s tenement life and the harsh conditions people living there endured, he used his camera as a tool to bring about change. With his 1890 book How the Other Half Lives, Riis put those living conditions on display in a package that wasn’t to be ignored, and his career as a social reformer was launched. Riis’ unflinching photos appeared in books, newspapers and magazines, and before long they were used as tools for social reform. In 1890, Riis’ book of social criticism, How the Other Half Lives, was published, and perusing its pages proved to be an eye-opening experience for the reader. The book presented statistics about New York’s poverty and contained drawings of the photos from Riis’ unending tour of the city’s worst slums. Riis said that his motivation for presenting such a dark tableau was “that every man’s experience ought to be worth something to the community from which he drew it, no matter what that experience may be.”

 

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