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Stories about kids, guns and how to stop the violence. Precious Lives, created by 371 Productions, is a 2-year, 100-part weekly radio series about gun violence and young people in the Milwaukee area. The series applies a public health lens to each story to help listeners understand the full scope of the problem: who are the victims and the shooters; how are the weapons obtained; and what can we change about the environment that contributes to violence in Milwaukee?

Cast Members Share Stories as 'Precious Lives: The Live Show' Takes Shape

Credit Courtesy of Khary Penebaker / CNN
Khary Penebaker is one of the storytellers in Precious Lives: The Live Show.

Over a dozen Milwaukeeans who have suffered from gun violence are preparing to share their heartbreaks and hopes at the Pabst Theateron June 15.

Most of the cast has appeared in our collaborative seriesPrecious Livesover the past 18 months.

Now director Michelle Lopez-Rios is molding the stories into a live performance, Precious Lives: The Live Show.

At one of the first rehearsals last week, cast member Khary Penebaker poured out his story about his mother's suicide.

Tickets are available for $10. A discussion will follow the performance.

Free tickets and ticket scholarships are also available for community organizations; contact Paul Kjelland at paul@371productions.com for more information.

Precious Lives: The Live Show is brought to you by WUWM in collaboration with 371 Productions, as part of Finding America, a national initiative produced by AIR, with financial support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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