I couldn't stay away for long! This time I am stepping into the skin of Jordan Matthews, the lead in Tira Palmquist's new play And Then They Fell, being produced at Atwater Village Theater by Brimmer Street Theatre Co.
And Then They Fell tells the story of Jordan and Cal, two teenagers who find themselves without stable homes. Jordan has fled a home wrecked by alcoholism and sexual abuse while still trying to graduate high school with honors. Cal is a young transgender boy set adrift by his family’s intolerance and the failure of adults and institutions to help him through a severely vulnerable period of his young life. These two teens find each other, and for a while, they give each other the hope and security they so desperately need.
All ticket proceeds will be donated to My Friend’s Place, a homeless youth resource center in Hollywood. Their mission is to assist and inspire homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. It is a professionally staffed drop-in resource center serving over 1,400 homeless youths ages 12 to 25 (and their children) each year. The primary goal is to lower traditional barriers to service and provide homeless youth with the opportunity to improve their psychological, intellectual, and physical capacity to reach their potential.
Stepping into this world has been heartbreaking and magical. The scariest part is how true it rings for many homeless young people in the greater Los Angeles area. I hope that this play will raise awareness of those who need our aid but who are often ignored in the shuffle of the big city.