STREETS LIKE THIS

Civic Ensemble’s ReEntry Theatre Program presents a remount of their 2018 hit, “Streets Like This,” a full-length play by Thom Dunn and A.C. Sidle, in collaboration with the members of the ReEntry Theatre Program. 

Join Dennis and Deon, two men worn out from past convictions, dysfunctional institutions, and the preventable deaths of loved ones, who wonder if anyone out there thinks about people like them. From their stoop they share the stories of Crystal, Abby, and Brian who struggle with poverty, addiction, and entanglement with the criminal justice system. Dennis and Deon narrate the stories of these three, and other characters navigating the perils of real life, and their own demons, while dealing with the consequences of probation, incarceration, parole, and court-ordered rehabilitation. The play offers no single solution but rather brings you into their worlds and asks, “what is our responsibility to each other?”

NOTE: This play was originally scheduled for ten performances at the Cherry ArtSpace in March 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our concerns for public health, performances were shut down. We were able to make a recording of the final performance which we made available to the public April 30-May 17, 2020.

An online, post-show conversation was hosted on Zoom on Saturday, May 9th for audience members to call in from home, reflect on the play, and hear from the cast about their experience.

* Note from the cast: "Struggling by yourself is next to impossible. If you are in need of any information on the issues seen in our play, Streets Like This, we have provided a short list of local contacts to help you search. Good luck and thank you for your support!"

There is a rich texture to the playing that comes out of the strong bonds between the ensemble members and the ownership of their text. 

—Ross Haarstad, Ithaca Times

This production was made possible with generous support from:

This program is made possible (in part or in full) with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.

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