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Human Relations Forum presents compassion play 'Wheels'

Posted: January 22, 2010 11:22 a.m.
Updated: January 30, 2010 11:13 a.m.
The city of Santa Clarita's Human Relations Forum and ENCOMPASS will present the compassion play "Wheels" on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at the Rancho Pico Junior High School's auditorium.

Part of the city's A Season of Diversity program, the play will explore the freedom, mobility and dreams associated with United States citizenship.

Wheels will offer perspective on immigration, as well as the privileges and responsibilities of United States citizenship, through the eyes of a 15 1/2 year old Salvadorian-American youth named Oscar.

Guests will watch as Oscar experiences the Department of Motor Vehicles in pursuit of his learner's permit and driver's license.

"The city's A Season of Diversity program is devoted to empowering community members to eliminate all forms of discrimination," said Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste.

"The Wheels compassion play helps achieve this goal by offering residents a compassionate view of the immigration experience through a young person's eyes."

The compassion play event will include a professionally facilitated pre-show and post-show discussion, as well as the theatrical presentation of Wheels.

A Season of Diversity is made possible in part by the city's Human Relations Forum, which strives to promote understanding and appreciation of human differences. The program's compassion plays are designed to offer a safe and supportive way for local youth to cope with difficult issues, including identity, relationships, family, stereotypes and more in a multicultural world.

Rancho Pico Junior High School is located at 26250 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch 91381.


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