Ghetto Life debuts at Common Hour
Bowdoin first-year Kevin Robinson will direct and play a lead role in
a dramatic reading of his original work, The Ghetto Life today,
April 12th, during Common Hour. Cast members include Bowdoin students
Adnan Prsic '05, Derrick Duplessy '02, Kate Fendler '05, Haliday Douglas
'05, Eliztaicha Marrero '04, Kevin Robinson '05, and Bowdoin Coordinator
of Multicultural Student Programs Wil Smith.
"I wrote the play
because I felt that America, especially people
who do not live in the inner city, needed to see vivid examples of the
inner city families' struggles," said Robinson. The piece has won
considerable acclaim in several theatrical competitions, winning first
place in the Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival in competition against
over 800 other students' plays. In addition, it will be performed at Philadelphia's
Center City from May 3 through the 10 by the Philadelphia Theater Company.
The Ghetto Life was also chosen as a finalist in the New York
National Young Playwrights Competition. Robinson is currently awaiting
further word from the organization; if selected, his play will show on
"Right now, I am extremely happy because this weekend I am performing
I will be submitting my play to a number of other competitions
in the USA," explained Robinson.
The piece is a challenging look at urban America, highlighting issues
of racial and social injustice, both on the streets and in the classroom.
Robinson drew from experiences from his youth in inner-city Philadelphia
and his literary background. He reworked and edited the play last semester
as an independent study with Bowdoin Theater Professor Davis Robinson
to prepare it for submission to the New York playwrights competition.
The author is also involved in Bowdoin's African-American Society and
Student Government. He is interested in pursuing a career in arts and
business after his time at Bowdoin, and hopes to major in Economics and
"Theater gives people the opportunity challenge their biases and others," said Robinson, "The Ghetto Life gives me the opportunity to voice my thoughts and provoke other people to think."