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Syracuse Theater Group Is Letting Their Art Speak Up For Them

Front of The Media Unit’s headquarters in downtown Syracuse. (c) 2018 Kylan Watson.

By Kylan Watson, Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) —

Young people have been mobilizing all around the country and speaking out against gun violence. In Syracuse, a teenage performance group called The Media Unit is using their art speak out about recent events.

The Media Unit is putting on a production called “Enough is Enough.” Students say  this recent production was influenced by school shootings.

The catalyst for the play was the Parkland School Shooting, which left 17 students dead and sparked conversations about gun control all over the country.

The play was written in three days and each actor will be playing an emotion that someone would feel after going through a school shooting.

A performance about school shootings was not the original issue the group wanted to address.

“Originally we were going to do From the Back of the Bus it is a play about racism,” Cast Captain Elijah Sheridan said. “Then everyone came together and we started working on the script for Enough is Enough. The script came from everyone.”

The issue affected young people so much this year according to Sheridan.

“We have seen a lot of what is going on in the country, we’ve seen the news it’s everywhere,” he said. “So we decided this year it would be the more prevalent issue to tackle.”

Through their art the group addresses other issues that affect teenagers.

“The group has tackled bullying, racism, racial healing, drug addiction. So this was right up their alley,” Sheridan said.

There is a message in the play specifically for Central New York, according to Sheridan.

“I want Upstate New York to really get that we are stronger together than divided on any subject, but most particularly this one,” Sheridan said.

The Media Unit will be taking “Enough is Enough” on the road around the Syracuse area starting Monday, August 6th at 1 p.m.  at Bishop Foery Foundation at 100 Edmund Ave, Syracuse, Tuesday August 7th at 6 p.m. at Destiny USA, Wednesday August 8th at 1 p.m. Westcott Community Center, Thursday August 9th at 1 p.m. at Burnett Park, and Friday August 10th at 1 p.m at Barry Park.