The par­ent trap: Foster

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

Kids in foster care of­ten strug­gle with ba­sics most peo­ple take for granted: that their par­ents love them and are ca­pa­ble of rais­ing them, even in the face of chal­lenges. And just as with birth par­ents, the par­ents th­ese chil­dren land with of­ten comes down to luck. Of course, along with the ab­sence of ba­sic se­cu­rity come the same hur­dles many kids face — dat­ing, drugs, bul­ly­ing — which can seem in­sur­mount­able, even to those with sta­ble home lives. As part of its Play It For­ward project, the Santa Fe Per­form­ing Arts Adult Res­i­dent Com­pany worked with the staff of New Mex­ico’s Chil­dren, Youth and Fam­i­lies Depart­ment, as well as teens in its care, to cre­ate and pro­duce Foster, a mul­ti­me­dia per­for­mance that show­cases the sto­ries of fos­tered youth. Per­for­mances are at 7 p.m. on Fri­day, May 1, and Satur­day, May 2, and at 2 p.m. on Sun­day, May 3, at the Ar­mory for the Arts Theater (1050 Old Pe­cos Trail). For tick­ets, $10, call 505-984-1370. — Jen­nifer Levin

Apollo Garcia Orel­lana and Tara Khozein

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