They walk into the chapel single file, tallest to shortest, hands clasped behind their backs. They wear identical white sneakers, sweatpants, and gray sweatshirts with big letters: “JTDC.” Jamel is last in line, but despite his stature looks more mature than most of the fifteen to seventeen-year olds in front of him. He is light-skinned, with a pencil moustache and close-cropped hair. It’s his first night with Storycatchers Theatre at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, and he’s clear about his boundaries:
“I don’t sing and I don’t act. I’m going to be the director.”
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