School Partnerships

Our America: Ghetto Life 101 / Remorse

Adapted for the stage by Mechelle Moe
Directed by Mechelle Moe and Joel Ewing
Performed by students from Senn Arts HS

Senn High School’s production of Our America is under consideration for the Illinois High School Theatre Festival in hopes of taking the show to the statewide festival in January of 2014. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help support the expenses of taking the show to the IHSTF.

In March, 1993, LeAlan Jones, thirteen, and Lloyd Newman, fourteen, collaborated with public radio producer David Isay to create the radio documentary Ghetto Life 101, their audio diaries of life on Chicago's South Side. The boys taped for ten days, walking listeners through their daily lives: to school, to an overpass to throw rocks at cars, to a bus ride that takes them out of the ghetto, and to friends and family members in the community. The candor in Jones and Newman's diaries brought listeners face to face with a portrait of poverty and danger and their effects on childhood in one of Chicago's worst housing projects. Like Vietnam War veterans in the bodies of young boys, Jones and Newman described the bitter truth about the sounds of machine guns at night and the effects of a thriving drug world on a community. Ghetto Life 101 became one of the most acclaimed programs in public radio history, winning almost all of the major awards in American broadcasting.

Remorse explores the death of Eric Morse, a five-year-old thrown from the fourteenth floor window of a Chicago housing project by two other boys, ten and eleven years old, in October, 1994.

Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30pm
Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30pm

$5 (Limited Student tickets may be purchased from Mr. Ewing at Senn H.S. or at the door the night of the performance)

$15 (General seating)

$100 (VIP reserved seating)


Using Theatre to Improve Life Skills

As part of Raven Theatre's commitment to providing a strong cultural anchor in our community, we have established a viable ongoing theatre arts education program called TAKE FLIGHT, which we offer to the area public elementary schools, by teaching theatre arts both in the classroom and at the Raven Theatre Complex. Our outreach program, TAKE FLIGHT, places teaching artists in residence in our neighborhood Chicago Public Schools. Raven is proud to partner with the following: Senn High School, Sullivan High School, Peirce Elementary, Stone Scholastic Academy, Hayt Elementary, Edgewater and Rogers Park Schools.

Enriching the lives of children in our community is the number one goal of TAKE FLIGHT. It provides students with an opportunity to learn the basic principles and disciplines of theatre, and to use theatre tools as a means of improving life skills. TAKE FLIGHT provides Chicago Public School students with the excitement of what is often their first exposure to the theatre and the first step toward a life-long interest in theatre arts.

Click here to watch a short video about TAKE FLIGHT:

If you would like to find out more about TAKE FLIGHT and how we might be able to work with your school in the future please contact Mechelle Moe at (773) 338-2177 or

If you would like to donate to TAKE FLIGHT, and support Raven's arts education efforts, click "donate now" (above left).