Students Alicia Yancey, Bandon Silva, Izay Harris and Jose Hernandez of Lincoln High performed student-written monologues on issues ranging from drug abuse to teen relationship violence at a recent fundraiser for the La Jolla Playhouse.
The original pieces were written by 40
students in the Business Law and Introduction to Criminal Justice
courses during a ten-lesson curriculum program called InterACTion.
program places law enforcement officers and professional theater
teaching artists inside the classroom to educate and assist students
with skills necessary to cope with issues ranging from drug abuse,
sexual assault, teen relationship violence, and gang involvement.
InterACTion provides a forum where students can feel free to express
themselves in a non-threatening environment, using theater as a medium
for communication about powerful issues.
La Jolla Playhouse
teaching artist James Pillar, San Diego Police Officer Edwin Garrette,
and Ray Beattie, Lincoln Criminal Justice and Business Law teacher,
helped the students through the ten-lesson program.
The students then
performed their original works at Lincoln High School’s Black Box
Theater. Playhouse officials chose four students to perform at its
fundraising gala and helped the students create a mini script combining
the monologues, but not changing the words of the original writings by
Students Yancey, Silva, Harris and Hernandez met
with the gala director, sound and managing staff before the gala to
transform their once-individual monologues into a theater form of the
combined script featuring all of their works. This was the first kind of
this performance for the La Jolla Playhouse as well as for the
For more information, please contact Ray Beattie, CCTE Teacher, at email@example.com.