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Steppenwolf's 'How Long' a powerful look at youth violence

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Jessie David Perez portrays a gang member looking to buy a gun in the Steppenwolf for Young Adults production of "How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence."

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Pastor Brooks (Mark Smith, left) comforts a grieving mother (Celeste Williams) and her son (Charles Gardner) in the Steppenwolf for Young Adults production of "How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence."

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The ensemble of Steppenwolf for Young Adults' production of "How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence" read the scrolling names of young people killed in Chicago in 2012 and 2013.

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The Narrator (Mark Ulrich) silently reads a scroll of names of people killed in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood in 2012 and 2013 in the Steppenwolf for Young Adults production of "How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence."

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Steppenwolf for Young Adults' production of "How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence" is a powerful examination and questioning of gangs and youth violence in Chicago by playwright Miles Harvey and culled from real-life interviews by his creative-writing students at DePaul University.
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    • Jessie David Perez portrays a gang member looking to buy a gun in the Steppenwolf for Young Adults production of “How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence.”
    • Pastor Brooks (Mark Smith, left) comforts a grieving mother (Celeste Williams) and her son (Charles Gardner) in the Steppenwolf for Young Adults production of “How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence.”
    • The ensemble of Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ production of “How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence” read the scrolling names of young people killed in Chicago in 2012 and 2013.
    • The Narrator (Mark Ulrich) silently reads a scroll of names of people killed in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood in 2012 and 2013 in the Steppenwolf for Young Adults production of “How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence.”
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