Runaways by Elizabeth Swados

Initially created from interviews with homeless children and those in orphanages, Liz Swados weaves songs about personal struggle and the world at large through the eyes of youth in New York City in the 70s. The show blends different musical styles from pop to hip-hop, jazz to reggae, while asking why children can’t remain children.

This ground breaking documentary musical tells the story of teen runaways- as young as 12 or 13 years old who choose to leave their homes and who choose to eschew the shelters and outreach facilities.  They choose the street because they choose to live life free of the constraints that led them to run in the first place. Some run out of isolation, some run to pursue a dream, some to escape abuse.  All of them have been let down by those charged with their care.  Derived from true interviews by Swados herself, Runaways is an opportunity for these children to tell their story, to show you their strength and determination.

The ensemble cast of Runaways stars: Charlie Workmaster as Hubble, Brendan MacLaren as Lazar, Hayley Marian as Deirdre, Keiva Bradley as A.J., Camryn Portagallo as Jackie, Juan Sebastian Bernal as Luis, Sabrina O’Reiley as Roby, Meighan LaRocca as Roxie, Amanda Nahin as Lidia, Ketino Christopher Dumbadse as Melinda, Charles Lawver as Jesse, Olivia Oreskovich as Nikki, Will Stuart as Manny, Susan Tilbury as Paula, Shannon Tormey as Edie, Mateo Rudich as Sundar, Brady Petrik as Eric, Kya Missick as Iggy, Niall Sulcer as EZ, Kianna Ismail as Kenya, and Antonella Doblanovic as Nina.

The production team includes: Stage Manager Megan Bosveld, Musical Director Danny Williams, Choreographer Lennon Hobson, Costume Designer Patricia McMahon, Lighting Designer Rob Hillig, Set Designer and Technical Director Jason Sheppard, Sound Designer Marissa Whitmore, and Prop Master Johnny Burton.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Strub Theatre
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Event Type

Exhibitions and Performances


College of Communication & Fine Arts, Theatre Arts


theatre, Theater Arts, College of Communication and Fine Arts


General Admission, $15; LMU Students with ID, $10.


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