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Youth in trouble? It’s great theater! – Brooklyn Paper

Youth in trouble? It’s great theater!

Reg Flowers leads kids in the writing and acting workshop.
The Brooklyn Paper / Bess Adler

Sex, drugs and family dysfunction — it’s all fodder for the young playrights of Off The Hook, a teen troupe that presents its sixth annual production on Nov. 20 and 21.

This year’s mix includes short dramas about bullies and families, including one in which a boy runs away from his mother only to befriend a man who turns out to be his father. In another, an underdog and his tormentor become best pals.

The plays are a “bare-bones production,” said Candice Sering, program director, but the dramas succeed because they all come straight from the students’ imaginations, honed by their lives in the hardscrabble ’hood.

“[The shows are] unique to our neighborhood and true to Red Hook,” Sering said.

Sixth annual show by Off the Hook at PS 15 [71 Sullivan St. between Van Brunt and Richards streets in Red Hook, (718) 395-3218], Nov. 20 at 7 pm and Nov. 21 at 3 pm. Free.

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