COURTESY OF OAK PARK AND RIVER FOREST HIGH SCHOOL
"The Starfish Project," a compelling, student-produced documentary theatre project opens on Fri., March 14, at 4:00 p.m. Students of English teacher Avi Lessing have conducted roughly 30 interviews with fellow students as well as adults, all centering on the theme of home. Among the questions: Have you ever felt lonely at your home? Do you think of school as a second home? Are there places or relationships other than where you live that make you feel at home?
After creating word-for-word transcripts of the interviews, the students turn them into two-minute monologues that they perform in character as their interview subjects. Last year's production, on the theme of love and violence in the school community, was extremely powerful. The audience sits on stage, not knowing who the actors are until they stand up among the crowd and perform. The stories told are deeply personal, sometimes funny, often profound. If you want to see another side of OPRF, this will give you a thought-provoking view.