Review: Please Don’t Call Me Homeless: I Don’t Call You Homed
By Mary Alice Pratt
The Downtown Arts Center was sold out for both the August 20 and 21 performances of Please Don’t Call Me Homeless: I Don’t Call You Homed. On both evenings an enthusiastic audience, eager for personal interactions, thronged the actors as they emerged after the play. The actors were individuals who had experienced homelessness often due to addictive diseases and who were now enjoying new lives of sobriety, hope, and dignity. They were also clients of the Catholic Action Center (CAC), which has worked with persons on the margin for 10 years.
Eric Seale, Artistic Director of Actors Guild of Lexington, deserves much credit for having guided the actors as they portrayed their own lives. Jeff Gross deserves no less credit for producing the script of the performers’ own words about their experiences. Gross became involved with persons at the CAC while working there as a volunteer. A UK graduate student in English, he spent several months listening to individual stories before incorporating them into a script.
Actors in the play were all participants in the CAC’s “Circle of Care.” As the play program describes it, the Circle of Care includes “weekly meetings of community mentors and participants to give care, connection and accountability needed by those walking the journey from the streets to a home.” Continue reading »