Before Ferguson, before Garner, there was Deonta Mackey, a 16 year old shot to death last February during the attempted robbery of an off-duty Cook County Sherriff. While the vast majority of coverage of this story figured Mackey as yet another “Chicago kid-turned-criminal,” emphasizing the officer’s right to self-defense, the Young Fugitives wondered how this case fit in to the larger history of crime and policing in Chicago. TRACK 13, created by director Ricardo Gamboa and The Young Fugitives ensemble with a full-length score by DJ Sadie Rock, uses the moving bodies of young men of colour as a literal screen onto which the competing narratives surrounding this story are projected. In doing so, TRACK 13 asks a series of related questions: are some deaths easier to rally behind than others? As we increasingly assert that #blacklivesmatter, where does state violence against young Latino men or even Black women fit into the activist equation? Can we imagine our communities without police? Are some young people really “just thugs?” What does it mean to imagine your life in constant struggle?

IMPORTANT: This show contains representations of violence. Please use discretion in deciding to bring younger children. We will be offering programming for children 3-12 during the shows on February 6 and Tuesday the 10.

January 29, 30
February 5, 6, 10, and 13
All performances at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: Pay-what-you-can
Advance purchase recommended:

Free Street Theater is located at 1419 W. Blackhawk (on the third floor of the Pulaski Park Building).

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