“Lockdown: Await Further Instructions” directed by Ms. Awele

On Thursday, December 19, Skyline’s Professional Drama students will perform Lockdown: Await Further Instructions, a timely play co-written by teenagers in New York City and Oakland that reminds us about just how vulnerable schools are to gun violence and how vulnerable teens are to acute stress in their daily lives. The play takes us into the lives of teens through their stories and powerful voices managing the conflicting demands of family, school, relationships, identity formation, screen time on technology, work, time management, quality time, and self-care, while pondering life after high school–during a school lockdown. 

How do we protect our children?  How do we show up in their lives?  How do we have healthy communication and healthy relationships so they can thrive?  To dialogue makes us more human. We are wired to be in social connection with one another.  We become ill when that fundamental need for human connection is not met or denied. A child’s connection to their community is one of the strongest predictors for their success.  Restorative justice practices such as talking and story circles teach us we belong to something bigger than ourselves. “I am because we are (Ubuntu proverb).”

The show will be taking place on Thursday Dec. 19 at 7 P.M. in the Rawley T. Farnsworth Theater at Skyline High School. Tickets are free!

“Acute stress may help remind us of a fundamental truth: our common humanity. Understanding our shared vulnerability — life makes no promises — may be frightening, but it can inspire kindness, connection, and desire to stand together and support each other. Acute stress, as unpleasant as it may be, may also be an opportunity to experience the most beautiful aspects of life: social connection and love.”  — Emma Seppala is the Associate Director at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.  “How the Stress of Disaster Brings People Together” ScientificAmerican.com

We hope our performance sparks dialogue and a social connection that brings you closer to a loved one!   

You can find more events that the Visual and Performing Arts are having on our events calendar.