SHIPWRECKED by Sigrid Gilmer
Directed by Sarah Sullivan and Xanthia Walker
Nearly 15,000 Arizona children are in foster care, group homes, or crisis facilities. Last year more than 40,000 reports were made to Child Protective Services of abuse or neglect. As the way our state cares for children in crisis has become national news, RYT seeks to tell the stories of the system from the perspective of the young people at the heart of it.
Rising Youth Theatre and playwright Sigrid Gilmer worked with young people in the system and the adults who work with them to create an original play. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Shipwrecked tells the story of two twins who are separated by a “storm” and taken from their home. Mistaken for each other, they find themselves in “the land of Cepeaess – Protected realm of the lost, mistreated, and neglected.” As they navigate their way through courts and case management, group homes and foster families, the twins will do whatever they have to do to find their way back to each other.