Palisadian-Post (Pacific Palisades, CA), January 13, 2005
Tellers and talkers will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory at the Tales By The Sea performance on Saturday, January 15, 7 p.m. at Malibu United Methodist Church, 30128 Morning View Drive.
The program will begin with classical improv by juveniles from Camp Kilpatrick probation camp in Malibu, followed by an African American ensemble telling their stories.
Locked Up In Malibu is the name that director/actress Susie Duff gave to the teenage boys in her improvisation class at the probation camp. Duff has been going up to the camp, located in the mountains off Mulholland, once or twice a year for the last five years.
Noting that the boys, many of whom have been convicted of murder, receive no therapy in the camp, Duff says ‘there is hardly a youth anywhere who can’t be dramatically helped with behavioral, emotional and social issues by learning improv. These are guys with zero social skills, who first need to learn how to be human beings, let alone actors.’ She is convinced that these classes are essential in helping the boys release and communicate, which is manifest in their performances.
Subjects Covered: education, healing