“Runaways,” by Elizabeth Swados, directed by Associate Professor Wm. Perry Morgan-Hall, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 16-18, and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 18-19, Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center, Odell Building. All tickets $10.
“Runaways” is a musical with words and music by Elizabeth Swados about the lives of children who run away from home and live on the city streets. The characters were taken from workshops conducted by Swados with real-life runaways in the late 1970s. Swados took her idea for a musical with the theme of running away “from home, from a boyfriend, from a predator … from yourself.” She looked for the children who would be in the musical in various places in New York City, such as a community center, and “little by little, we built a world where runaways came together, told their stories, and acted out the hardships they endured.” The show is done in a series of songs, monologues, scenes, poems, and dances.