involves a young male volunteer from the audience playing the Protagonist, but who is safely limited to single-word lines of dialogue, playing opposite Performer One, a Gang Leader who wants the boy to hide a “package” in exchange for gang membership.
is a set of statistics about victims of gang violence.
involves the audience suggesting a celebrity informant and an unusual object (used as a weapon) to Performer One, now playing a Police Officer searching the Protagonist’s home. Performer Two (playing the Protagonist’s innocent brother) has to guess these details through improvisation.
expresses facts about the effect on perpetrators’ and victims’ families of gun and gang crime.
involves a female volunteer, sitting on stage and watching the two Performers playing her and her mother, as her preparations for a date with the Protagonist are interrupted by the news his brother has been arrested.
contains the information about penalties for possession of offensive weapons.
is a dilemma for the Protagonist – does he (i) tell the Police to whom the package in his brother’s room really belongs, risking his own arrest plus retribution from the gang; or does he (ii) stay silent, protect the gang but send his own brother to prison.
The Q & A
involves the Performers asking the audience which choices the Protagonist could have made differently in order to avoid this dilemma and then opens up into a discussion about why people join gangs and what the negative consequences are.