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Local play depicts life as a homeless teen

Emily Jaceks
July 26, 2018 06:37 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A local community theater group is back at it with another production. But this time they're taking on a topic that's hitting pretty close to home.

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"In The Middle of Grand Central Station" centers around 15-year-old Marty de Silva, a 15-year-old runaway, in desperate need of a place to call home.

“She sets herself up as the angel of Grand Central Station, and throughout the course of the play of two years, she becomes consumed by addiction, and abuse and crime. She starts to forget who she is, and she loses grip of reality,” Rachel Sedillo, Director of the play said.

It's a problem that's become all too real for many teens throughout the country, including here in Albuquerque. That's why Theatre 3, a group of UNM alums, decided to take on this very serious topic.

“And an often hidden part of that is the homeless teenagers or the kids who don't sleep in their own bed every night, don't know where they're going to sleep each night,” Sedillo said.

While it's a heart-breaking problem you likely drive by and see on a daily basis in the metro, it’s one you don’t experience first-hand. Theatre 3 hopes this play will take you outside of your own reality and into the harsh world of the destitute.

“These characters are going through the worst things I guess people can go through, but because it humanizes them, there's something beautiful about that,” Stephen Forrest, one of the actors said.

You can see "In The Middle of Grand Central Station” July 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. There's also a matinee Sunday at 2 p.m.

This is at the Coal Avenue Theatre on the CNM Main Campus. Tickets are $8 and t-shirts will also be sold with half of the proceeds going directly to charities that assist the homeless in Albuquerque.

A bit of a warning. There is adult content in this play, so parental discretion is advised.

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