The hero of our story is Alex (Art Kaiser, a student at SPCPA, with a natural and sympathetic performance), a transgender teenager who recently came out to his parents. They didn't take it well, and his fellow students haven't either, constantly bullying and tormenting him at school. On one particularly awful day, there's a shooter at the school, sending the kids running in panic, and Alex into a sort of limbo world where he's visited by a prophet (Piper Quinn). From here we jump around in time, space, and memory, as the prophet tries to show Alex his power and his choices in this moment. They walk through a number of scenarios, none of them good, until he settles on something that might just make his world a little better.
|Alex (Art Kaiser) makes a friend (Jordan Leggett)|
This was my first visit to Off-Leash Area's new Art Box space in South Minneapolis. It's a cozy intimate black box space, which for this show includes three rows of audience seating on one side. The performance space is dominated by multi-level platforms in the center, a living room couch on one side, and classroom chairs on the other. The cast moves in and around the audience, bringing us into the story.
I’m not sure if this story will change the world, but at the very least it puts a human face on gun violence in schools and bullying of transgender teens, which is something to support. Check out this impactful and thought-provoking 70-minute show through March 2 (and stay for the facilitated post-show discussion, held after every show).