Youth Speaks presents
the World Premiere of:

Pilgrim Street

September 13 - 16 at Z Space

Written by Paul S. Flores | Directed by Sean San Jose
Developed and Produced by Youth Speaks, Paul S. Flores & Z Space

Written by renown playwright, Paul S. Flores, Pilgrim Street follows the struggle to reunite families in Stockton who have been separated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Foster Care and the school to prison pipeline. Based on the testimonies of Fathers and Families of San Joaquin re-entry program participants, trauma center clients and staff members, Pilgrim Street imagines Stockton, CA in the near future as family members attempt to recover connection to their loved ones in and out of the system without get getting arrested or deported. In a Stockton community twenty years in the future, “Ninyo” is an underground fixer who searches for lost children by hacking the biometric data archives of a fictional tech company GrupeTech and solicits the help of Da Mayor to create a plan to recover and transform Stockton’s children from victims to leaders of the future.

As a theater maker, Flores intends to build community around Pilgrim Street to help reduce trauma and recidivism in Stockton and California. Pilgrim Street is an art project intersecting criminalization, immigration, and citizenship at a time when vulnerable communities are looking for solutions and strategies to protect themselves from violence at the hands of hostile state policies.  

Adult GA Tickets are available for $15 for groups of 10 or more. To take advantage of this offer, simply buy more than ten tickets.

There is a matinée performance on Friday,  September 14th at 2:00 PM that is free for High School Groups (and not on sale to the public), inquire at production@youthspeaks.org about attendance.

The commissioning and production of this world premiere, Pilgrim Street,  is made possible by the Hewlett/Gerbode Foundations’ Special Awards in the Arts program. Pilgrim Street is made possible through the generous support of the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation & The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Theater Commissioning Award, San Francisco Grants for the Arts/Hotel Tax Fund, the San Francisco Arts Commission/ Cultural Equity Initiative Individual Artist Commission, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, The California Arts Council, The California Endowment, The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture and many individual donors.  Pilgrim Street is produced in Partnership with Fathers & Families of San Joaquin and ZSpace in San Francisco.