Sean Christopher Lewis in Just Kids

Sean Christopher Lewis in Just Kids Photo: Available Light Theatre


Tomorrow night, Available Light Theatre opens its next production, Just Kids . It’s the newest creation from touring playwright/performer Sean Christopher Lewis and Available Light Theatre artistic director Matt Slaybaugh.


Their last collaboration, the award-winning play Killadelphia , has toured two-dozen U.S. cities and been heralded as a triumph everywhere it’s landed (including here in Columbus, where it knocked my socks off ). If you saw that show, you might be thinking that Just Kids is not to be missed.

You’d be right about that.

The play weaves the stories of several damaged teens in Kansas, where Sean was teaching at a school for troubled youths, with Sean’s discoveries about his own unsettling past and difficult realizations about his long-estranged biological father.

Sean plays every role. He’s brilliant like that. Truly brilliant, engaging and authentic. This one man show is his most personal work yet, full of true stories and characters who bring both laughter and tears.

I had the opportunity to check out a rehearsal last week, among a small audience of people from all walks of life – teachers, actors, critics.

After the performance, one of them said, “it’s one of those shows that just sticks with you.”

Another called it “moving, daring and funny.”

Yet another described it as “captivating, hilarious and heartbreaking.”

They’re all right. Now’s your chance to see why.

Just Kids runs January 13-16 and January 21-22 at the Columbus Performing Arts Center. It's about an hour long, and afterward there's a talkback, where Sean and Matt will field questions about the show and its creation. Definitely stick around for the talkback if you can - it's honest, entertaining, and gives you the chance to get behind the scenes a bit.

Tickets are pay what you want at the door. And yes, you really can pay what you want - Available Light likes to remove the barriers that exist between you and great art. A tip, however: You can make sure your seat is saved by reserving in advance for only 15 bucks.

Get all the details here .