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Provocative play exploring real stories of Winchester features accompaniment by cellist Ben Sollee

It’s no small feat: playwright Margo Buchanan and the Leeds Center for the Arts Youth Advisory Board has written a play to show realities and hardships of life in Winchester.

With the help of a What’s Your Ambition?! grant from The Greater Clark Foundation, they’ve worked with Buchanan and special guest musician Ben Sollee to draft “Outside Our Doors.” The documentary-style play invites the audience to consider how the people and events of a small-town shape the fabric of the community.

Over the past several months, the 20-member Youth Board has spoken with marginalized and revered community members, capturing their voices and perspectives on topics such as race relations, homelessness, addictions, sexual assault, domestic violence, and LGBTQ rights. Audience members will see these heartbreaking and hopeful topics addressed throughout the play.

“Our youth are passionate and feel a higher calling to bring these often-hidden topics into the open,” said Tracey Miller, president of the Winchester Council for the Arts. “They want their community to be a place where people look beyond stereotypes and reach a hand out to help others.”

The Youth Board consists of high school leaders from five area counties who meet biweekly to work on arts-based projects, strengthen leadership skills, and enhance the greater community through enrichment opportunities. In fact, a couple of the Youth Board members trained to be Public Innovators with The Harwood Institute and The Greater Clark Foundation.

“Outside Our Doors” runs June 8, 9, and 10 at the Leeds Center for the Arts in Winchester. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance at LeedsCenter.org. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Homeless Coalition. The Youth Board will also collect canned foods – specifically canned soup – for Clark County Community Services.

From The Greater Clark Foundation

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