FIT Review: Good Kids

FIT Review: Good Kids

Cry Havoc Theatre uses teen actors for a fantastic production of Naomi Iizuka's Good Kids, about rape culture, at the Festival of Independent Theatres.

In 2012, at a high school party in Steubenville, Ohio, a drunk girl was raped by several jocks. It was filmed on a cellphone, posted across social media and watched—but not reported—by many teenagers, male and female.

That incident is dramatized by Naomi Iizuka in Good Kids, which Cry Havoc Theatre produces for its first entry in the Festival of Independent Theatres, directed by Shelby-Allison Hibbs (who, for disclouse purposes, writes a column about new work for TheaterJones).

Iizuka deftly mixes documentary and fiction, with narration to the audience and everyday interactions between the students leading up to, and the aftermath of, the crime. “We don’t just know the truth, we see it unfold,” one student says about watching it on cellphones, a statement that also captures the essence of the storytelling style.

Q&A: Mara Richards Bim

Q&A: Mara Richards Bim

The founder and producer of Cry Havoc Theatre on Naomi Iizuka's Good Kids, about the Steubenville rape case, performed at the Festival of Independent Theatres.

Cry Havoc Theatre is one of North Texas' more exciting new theater companies. Formed in 2014 with a focus on youth performance and movement-based and devised work, it and its aftermath. It made a splash with their first production, The (out)Siders Project last summer, and then with the devised piece Shut Up and Listen in January. For the group's first time in the Festival of Independent Theatres, Cry Havoc tries something new: a published script by Naomi Iizuka. Good Kids examines the rape case from Ohio's Steubenville High School in 2012. The features teenage actors and is directed by Shelby-Allison Hibbs, who is also a TheaterJones contributor with her Work in Progress series.

We talked to Cry Havoc founder Mara Richards Bim about her desire to start this company, what Good Kids has to say about rape culture, and what's next for the company.