Shut Up and Listen, Part Two

In her January Teacher/Artist column, Shelby-Allison Hibbs realizes that once you become an adult, you never truly understand what being a teenager is like again.

When you ask teenagers to speak for themselves, you may be surprised by the response. For the rehearsal process of Cry Havoc Theatre's Shut Up and Listen, which opened Friday at the Margo Jones Theatre, many of our days included a writing session in which our actors wrote about a broad topic (like feeling watched, the woes of my life, personal fears), and these essays transformed into the monologues used in the show. Instead of putting words in their mouth, I wanted to hear what they were experiencing in the present moment.

How does a 15/16/17/18-year-old see the world right now?