Basically Good Kids
Theatre and forum at Christ Church Cathedral – Sept 23, 2011
What happened with the Stanley Cup Riot 2.0 and what happens next?
Windows shatter downtown. Sirens blare. Tear gas flies. Two teenagers run into stores to steal things they don’t need – just to find souvenirs of the riot. A third teenager gets so caught up in the moment that when he feels a hand on his shoulder he turns around and starts swinging – and he keeps swinging even after he realizes… he’s beating up a police officer. After the glass has been swept away no one can figure out what possessed these three basically good kids… In Penticton… In 1991.
Mark Leiren-Young’s Jessie award-winning drama Basically Good Kids is so topical today that it’s almost eerie and it provides a perfect spark for a community conversation about the recent Vancouver riot because it’s a reminder that what happened after game 7 isn’t unique — and by looking at a riot from ‘91 it offers a chance to discuss the phenomenon of basically good kids behaving badly without throwing metaphorical stones at the recent riot participants. The show provides a perfect catalyst to conversations about crime, justice, how these things happens and how to stop them from happening again.
Directed by Amiel Gladstone – who recently helped create #ThisismyVancouver a play about the recent riots with the Arts Umbrella Youth Summer Theatre Intensive – the staged reading of Basically Good Kids will get audiences, thinking, laughing and maybe even crying before we launch into part two of the evening – a discussion of what happened downtown, why and what happens next moderated by the Dean of Christ Church Cathedral Peter Elliott who is currently working with Vancouver Association for Restorative Justice (VARJ) on a community based response to the riots.
Featured panelists will include Mark Leiren-Young – who covered the riot for thetyee.ca and CBC’s As It Happens, Dr. Evelyn Evelyn Zellerer, a restorative justice facilitator and John de Haas, President of Vancouver Association for Restorative Justice and an Inspector with the Vancouver Police Department, Dr. Brenda Morrison from Simon Fraser University and 16-year old Leah Bae, President of the Vancouver District Students’ Council.
Date: Friday, September 23, 2011
Place: Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard Street (at Georgia)
Admission: by donation!