Planned Parenthood’s Teen Theatre is celebrating 21 years and seeking additional funding to continue its work.

'From the Heart'

After 21 years of bringing educational theater to youth and adults throughout Oregon, Planned Parenthood's Teen Theatre needs financial help to continue its work.

The troupe will kick off its "Save the Teen Theatre Campaign" with an original play, "From the Heart." The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. With humor, poignancy and music, the show will reflect the lives and true stories of teenagers using many original scenes created by the actors.

"From the Heart" is directed by Cil Stengel and is appropriate for ages 13 and up.

Based in Medford, Planned Parenthood's Teen Theatre describes its goal as communicating to the public the values of "The New 3 R's: Rights, Respect, Responsibility."

Directed and produced by Planned Parenthood staff, Teen Theatre is a company of 25 young actors who play an active role in creating the performances pieces.

Originally, Teen Theatre was a peer education project — youth speaking directly to youth. Its primary work remains in high schools and middle schools, bringing positive messages about growing up, sex education and self-esteem. The troupe has since expanded its performances to events such as the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, International Women's Day, Parent-Daughter Fairs and the Lambda Awards.

General admission to "From the Heart" is $5 general, $3 for students. Tickets are available at the door.

For more information, see www.ppsworegon.org or call 770-3331, ext. 1012.

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