Polaroid Stories Opens, Classical Mythology Meets Dangerous World of Teen Runaways

Bill Doncaster | April 07, 2016
Anastasya as PHILMEL, Matrid Neli as SKINHEADboy in Polaroid Stories by Naomi Iizuka

Anastasya as PHILMEL, Matrid Neli as SKINHEADboy in Polaroid Stories by Naomi Iizuka
Image by: Rafael Jaen



They are recognizable gods and mortals dealing with the highs and lows of life, portrayed by homeless teenagers.



Directed by Carrie Ann Quinn, and starring a cast of ten UMass Boston students, Polaroid Stories by Naomi Iizuka blends classical mythology with interviews of homeless youth. Written 20 years ago, it remains timely, says Quinn, in light of the opiod and heroin epidemic.

“They are recognizable gods and mortals dealing with the highs and lows of life, portrayed by homeless teenagers, in the midst of the current drug epidemic," says Quinn. “The cast is fully invested in telling these stories, mining dark and dangerous places to bring the characters and the play to life.”

The production runs through April 7-9, 13-15 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 9, at the McCormack Theatre, McCormack Hall. Tickets are available, and can be purchased in advance here.

Sabina Lindsey in Polaroid Stories

Sabina Lindsey as PERSEPHONE in Polaroid Stories.  

Kevin Germain as G (a.k.a. zeus, hades) and Sabina Lindsey as PERSEPHONE in Polaroid Stories.

Kevin Germain as G (a.k.a. zeus, hades) and Sabina Lindsey as PERSEPHONE in Polaroid Stories.

Christian Ruiz as NARCISSUS and Cassidy Bane as ECHO in Polaroid Storie

Christian Ruiz as NARCISSUS and Cassidy Bane as ECHO in Polaroid Stories.

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