Street Children

Street Children by Pia Scala-Zankel is pure unadulterated street realness. Unsettling at times, Street Children is set during the 1986 on the Hudson Piers in New York City and portrays the lives of the LGBT street youth in a real and honest light. This period in our history was one of the most exciting times for our community because our of our struggles an entire activist community was born.

This period was also the most dangerous because of the prevailing homo/transphobia as well as the AIDS crises. Street kids, hustlers, prostitutes, drug addicts and criminals are labels that are used to cast off the ‘other’ yet despite this this, these kids formed into a family that bonded together in order to ride the most tragic circumstances imaginable. Street Children is a ninety minute journey into the courageous lives of our communities unintended activists. If there is an activist bone in your body, this play will find and expose that part of yourself that is willing to fight and protect the most vulnerable people in our culture, LGBT street youth. #StreetChildren #NoShade


New Ohio Theatre
Vertigo Theater Company


Photo: Ted Alcorn


By Raymond Helkio

Raymond Helkio is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design, whose work has been shown at international film, theatre, and design festivals including Inside Out Film Festival, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, Design Exchange, Videofag, Art Gallery of Ontario, Glad Day Bookshop, Artscape and Nuit Rose.