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"Polaroid Stories" opens at Coastal Carolina next week

November 26, 2003

It's not your usual holiday fare; in fact, it's not about the holidays at all, and it's downright depressing.

"Polaroid Stories," written by Naomi Iizuka, opens at Coastal Carolina University on Wednesday, Dec. 3 and runs through Friday, Dec. 5, with nightly performances at 7 p.m. in the Edwards Theater at Coastal Carolina University.

Admission is $2 at the door, or $1 and the donation of a winter coat for the homeless.

Described as "a series of snapshots," the show focuses on a variety of runaway kids, each with a painful but compelling story to tell.

"Polaroid Stories" is a mix of mythology and reality. Though it takes its structure from Ovid's "Metamorphoses," its subjects are real. Much of the source material for this play comes from a photo essay called "Raised by Wolves" by Jim Goldberg, which reflects the lives of a number of young people who live on the streets.

This play comes with a warning that its content is adult themed and inappropriate for children, containing explicit language, sexual situations and simulated drug use.

The play brought creator Iizuka the 1998 PEN Center USA West Award for Drama, an honor given for outstanding work by living American playwrights.

For more information, call director Greg London at 234-3465. ###