Think back to your school days. Did your family ever relocate? Did you struggle to fit in and make friends in the new place? You probably felt like you were from another world. But what if you actually were from another world? Where the language, customs, culture, foods — everything — was different? That transition would indeed be tougher. How would you cope? If you ended up in St. Louis, hopefully you would join the International Play Ground, the teen theatrical group of the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma ( These kids, whose families have come to live in St. Louis from all over the world, are working together to erase stereotypes through their production, Everyday Oppression. You can learn more about what these young adults are going through and how you can help by checking out the show. It's happening at 7 p.m. at the Bastian Center for the Performing Arts on the St. Louis Community College-Forest Park campus (5600 Oakland Avenue). Tickets cost $15, and a free reception follows the performance. Find more information at
Sat., March 22, 2008

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