Teen cast explores gang culture in drama

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘The Outsiders’

ROUGH STREETS—From left, Darry (Vince Shnaider), Ponyboy (Micah Meyers) and Sodapop (Tate Downing) are orphaned brothers who learn to survive by joining a street gang. Courtesy of Andy Meyers

When 15-year-old Micah Meyers told friends that he wanted to direct and act in a version of Christopher Sergel’s “The Outsiders,” nobody believed he was serious. The Westlake High School sophomore, however, was not deterred, even when the school rejected his proposal to produce the play on campus.


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