Great Pie for a Great Cause: Rising Youth Theatre


‘Tis the last full week o’ the month, which means…. Friday is A Share of the Pie: Charity Pie Night!  And this month, Karen Olson (you know her, you love her) of Vonceil’s Pies, is whipping up a dozen-or-so lovingly-crafted artisan pies to garner your green in support of Rising Youth Theatre.

Did you catch all the buzz about A View From the Tracks: The Light Rail Plays last month? That was RYT. They paired young artists one-on-one with professional artists to create 5 minute, 2 person plays. This unique opportunity for mentorship and artmaking hasn’t existed anywhere else! And, as both a metro-advocate AND a big fan of interventionist art (the surprise kind? that sneaks up on folks during their typical day?)…. I was hugely excited by this program.


Essentially, RYT’s mission is to ‘create youth driven theatre that is riveting and relevant, challenging audiences to hear new stories, start conversations and participate in their communities‘. Besides their most recent light rail performances, they also regularly conduct staged plays and workshops. A Theater of the Oppressed workshop they hosted last year explored the four categories of physical de-specialization through games and exercises.  It encouraged the audience to take part in a problem-solving dialogue about overcoming injustice.

This is theater with meaning, theater with impact.

“When you come into the theater, you have to be willing to say, ‘We’re all here to undergo a communion, to find out what the hell is going on in this world.’ If you’re not willing to say that, what you get is entertainment instead of art, and poor entertainment at that.” – David Mamet.

And considering the radical potential of youth, who better to find out from– not only what is going on right now in this world, but just where the heck it might go. Come by Friday to hear from Rising Youth Theatre members first-hand.

Pie_NightPractical Art’s “A Share of the Pie: Charity Pie Night” 

Friday, July 25, 7-9pm! 

A $5 donation gets you any slice of a Vonceil’s Pies creation! A $10 donation or $25 purchase at the shop gets you as many in-house tastings as you’d like! All donations, and 10% of all sales that day, will be donated to:

Rising Youth Theatre