Students Present Play Inspired by Work with Homeless


Students Purnima Baldwin and Rachel Kelsey have teamed up to raise awareness of the homeless community by creating and producting an original play, Infinity, to be presented Wednesday, April 23, on Boston Common.

Kelsey was inspired to write the piece through her work with Neighborhood Action, which reaches out to provide for the physical, medical and social needs of homeless people in Boston. Baldwin is Infinity's director.

“This play will open the eyes of the audience and force them to see beyond the stereotypes of the homeless community in Boston, with the hope that one day we will find a common ground,” said Kelsey.

The cast is made up of 10 Suffolk University Theatre students.  Together, they hope to create a new, more considerate view of the homeless community that at times has been poorly perceived by some of their peers. 

“We see homeless people every day as we walk through the city, but how often do we stop to think about their stories?" said Kelsey. "As you walk down the street and pass a homeless man, do you just assume that he has done this to himself?  There are reasons that go far beyond the stereotype and into the reality of the world we are living in.  If people can begin to recognize these untold stories, we will feel we have succeeded.”

Infinity will be performed at at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common.  In case of pouring rain, the show will be relocated to the basement of St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 Bowdoin St.

The production is free and open to the public.

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