Play About Homelessness Hits Home For The Performers
The actors performing for a North Loop audience Wednesday evening didn’t have to dig too deep to get into character. The play, Second Chance, was about homelessness–and many of the performers have experienced that personally.
It’s about people who have fallen on hard times for various reasons and find themselves going before the Council Of Second Chances, hoping for some understanding and assistance.
The North Loop Neighborhood Association helped sponsor the performance, with help from Avivo and city council member Michael Rainville. A grant from the City of Minneapolis Partnership Engagement fund paid for this performance and two others in the downtown area this summer.
From here, the theater company zAmya and Avivo are starting a 7-month community building process in the North Loop, providing information and getting neighborhood feedback on how to ensure that everyone is safe and sheltered.
They’re following up with a listening session this fall which will lead to a brand new play, centered specifically on the North Loop. If you’d like to be involved in the process, you can fill out this short form to be notified of future events.
By Mike Binkley, North Loop volunteer