Last week The Daily Wildcat published a feature on the School of Theatre, Film & Televisionn’s production of Polaroid Stories ahead of the first weekend of performances. Director Hank Stratton and actor Alyssa DiRaimondo reflected on the importance of the play’s content.
“Interwoven are these central themes of oppression, triumph, struggle, love, trying to reconcile circumstance, [trying to] not get into adversity, loss,” said Stratton. “I think audience members will be intrigued, excited and inspired by the cumulative effect [of this play].”
“What I really hope audiences walk out with is a sense of this invisible world that is around us, all of these youths in crisis who are very easy to make invisible,” Stratton said. “This could be any one of us, this could be any one of our kids.”
“In my research it became astonishingly clear to me how homelessness can happen to anyone in our society,” DiRaimondo added. “The characters in Polaroid Stories are based on real people and their stories. Retelling their stories as authentically as possible isn’t just my goal, but my responsibility.”
A post-show discussion on Friday Nov. 4 will feature director Hank Stratton, cast and creatives in conversation with a representative from Fostering Success, the UArizona program focused on building community on campus for students who have experienced the foster care system, housing insecurity or homelessness.