What's it about?
Street Children is about three queer New Yorkers living in the 80's on the Lower Hudson Piers trying to navigate what direction their life should go in after losing their "street mother", Gina.
What'd I experience?
There have been very few moments that I've had living in this city for my entire life that I've felt honored and proud to live here. It's just one of those things where you're so used to something that you can't really appreciate it for all it is. After seeing Street Children, I felt it. I kept thinking about how this show touched me and how much of a privilege it is to be able to live in a city where art like this can exist. I felt so excited and warm in my heart knowing that I can now recommend that venue to people in my life who I know would love a safe space to be themselves and I feel confident. How I left the theatre, was in NO WAY how I entered it. In fact, I came into the space with a totally different mindset.
Going to see Street Children, I was a tad moody. Mostly because I have never seen a show after already spending ten hours at school. My day was already SO DAMN LONG, I was EXHAUSTED and I didn't know how I was going to make it through a ninety minute show without falling asleep. I kept asking myself, "Cheyanne, how are you going to stay awake through this?!" and "Cheyanne, you should've just stuck with your usual Sunday matinee."
I got to the venue an hour early (ME? EARLY? OH MY GOODNESS - HOW RARE!) and was asked to sit out in the lobby until the Box Office opened. So now I'm tired as hell and sitting on the floor of this super random building that requires a code for access. Safe? Possibly. Frustrating? Slightly. I had to work up my will power to not lay on the floor and take a really quick cat nap.
Once I was able to pick up my tickets, I started to notice the vibe of the place. There was a disco ball, flashing lights and 80's music playing. The artists involved had set a mood for me, even before entering the theatre. Now... talking about bathrooms doesn't seem like a thing that people would do at the theatre right? But this bathroom in particular had a sign up on the door before entry. This is what it said:
Immediately after seeing this, I knew that I was in a safe space. I knew that anyone who has ever felt unsafe, victimized or targeted would feel comfortable and at home here. It made me happy to see this theatre represent all people - especially people in the LGBTQ+ community.
In the end, this show was the cherry on top of a long day. And a really long few weeks. It made me so incredibly proud not only as a New Yorker and theatre lover but as someone who is in full support of the LGBTQ+ community. To see a show that included queer characters and transgender characters played by transgender women was incredible to watch. It made me laugh, cry, feel slightly uncomfortable at times and feel so many raw emotions, all in a small amount of time.
Throughout the show, I kept feeling like I connected to some of these characters and I didn't ever once feel like I was wrong to think that. The two characters that really resonated with me was Angela and Jamie, two characters who are struggling after losing the one person who guided them and taught them to be who they wanted to be and live a full life. That is something anyone can relate to. Being so lost that you look to something toxic for relief or being so lost that all you want to do is run and escape it all, even if that isn't the norm in your community.
Want to see it?
$18 Student Tickets
@ New Ohio Theatre
thru Dec. 17
What'd you experience?
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