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The Fountain Theater brings together cops and teenagers


The children work with the police to create drama at the Fountain Theater in the show ‘Walking the Beat’. (photo by Theo Perkins)

“Walking the Beat,” Fountain Theatre’s innovative community development program that sees cops and teenagers working together to create theater, presents “Flicker.” Seven teens from Hollywood High School, Hawthorne High School, and Orthopedic Hospital Medical High School, with support from the Bresee Youth Center, joined in a transformative group process with four officers representing the Los Angeles school and the Los Angeles Police Department. UCLA to generate ideas, stories and experiences for nine weeks. “Flicker” is a compilation of their writings, conversations and improvisations – all exploring what it means and what it takes to keep us and our communities safe.

Performances, with lighting design by Alison Brummer, sound design by Marc Antonio Pritchett and video design by Adler Lefleur, will take place on the outdoor stage of the Fountain Theatre.

Now in its third year at the fountain, “Walking the Beat” uses the performing arts as a vehicle for youth empowerment and community building, providing life-changing experiences for underserved youth and police officers. Founded by the Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble and led by Executive and Artistic Director Theo Perkins, this year’s program offers students the opportunity to work hands-on with host and program director Angela Kariotis, acclaimed artist Kristina Wong, drama therapists Adam Stevens and Danielle Levenas, and mindfulness and yoga coach Tina LeMar.

Supporters of “Walking the Beat” include Warner Media/AT&T, Mary Jo and David Volk, LA County Probation Department, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Allison Thomas. the Phillips-Gerla family, the East Hollywood borough council and Deborah Irmas.

Performances will be Saturday, August 13 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 14 at 8 p.m. at the Fountain Theater Outdoor Stage, 5060 Fountain Ave.

For more information, visit FountainTheatre.com or call (323) 663-1525.