Los Prietos Boys Perform ‘What If?’ in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Guadalupe

Written and performed by students at Los Prietos Boys Camp in Santa Barbara, WHAT IF? explores issues facing today’s youth and asks audiences to imagine a different world. The production is the culmination of Out For Good workshops by Poetic Justice Project at Los Prietos Boys Camp. The workshops, led by Poetic Justice Project artists and mentors, are supported by funding from Left Tilt and the Fund for Santa Barbara.

Three performances of WHAT IF? will be held. The first performance is in Santa Barbara on Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at Center of the Heart, 487 N. Turnpike Rd. On Saturday, May 18, the performance begins at 7 p.m. at Elwin Mussell Senior Center, 510 E. Park Ave., Santa Maria.

Tickets for the Santa Barbara and Santa Maria shows are $20 general admission, $15 students/seniors and $10 for groups of 10 or more. Half of all ticket profits will go back to Los Prietos Boys Camp. For tickets, call Brown Paper Tickets, 1-800-838-3006.

No tickets are required at the final performance, a free community show on Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at El Padrecito’s Dance Studio, 950 Guadalupe St. in Guadalupe. All performances will be followed by a talkback with the audiences.

Poetic Justice Project is the only theatre company with formerly incarcerated actors in plays that examine crime, punishment and redemption. Based in Santa Maria, Poetic Justice Project is a program of the award-winning William James Association, which provides arts instruction to people on parole and probation, prisoners, and youth at risk of incarceration. For more information, visit or find Poetic Justice Project on Facebook.

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