Youth Speaks Presents

Pilgrim Street

by Paul S Flores

Event has passed (Thu Sep 13, 2018 - Sun Sep 16, 2018)
$5 - $25
Theater, Plays, Spoken Word


World Premiere of Paul S. Flores’ “Pilgrim Street” at San Francisco’s Z Space September 13 - 16, 2018
Presented by Youth Speaks, Directed by Sean San Jose

Written by renown playwright, Paul S. Flores, and presented by Youth Speaks, Pilgrim Street will premiere at San Francisco’s Z Space on Thursday, September 13th through Sunday, September 16th 2018.

This riveting new work from Paul S Flores, follows the struggle to reunite families in Stockton, California who have been separated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), foster care, and the school to prison pipeline.

Based on the testimonies of Fathers and Families of San Joaquin re-entry program participants, trauma center clients and staff members, “Pilgrim Street” imagines Stockton in the near future as family members attempt to recover connection to their loved ones in and out of the system without getting arrested or deported.

In a gritty post-agricultural Stockton community known as “Pilgrim Street” 20 years in the future, “Ninyo” is an underground fixer who searches for lost children by hacking the biometric data archives of a fictional tech company GrupeTech, and solicits the help of The Mayor to create a plan to recover and transform Stockton’s children from victims to leaders of the future. As a theater maker, Flores intends to build community around “Pilgrim Street” throughout the state to help reduce trauma and recidivism in Stockton and California.

Executive Director of FFSJ, Samuel Nunez states, “Given the current landscape, the division and turmoil our country is experiencing between irreconcilable worldviews, Stockton represents a microcosm of this reality. The diversity in backgrounds, life experiences, socioeconomics and status, could conceivably come together with a cooperative and unified voice to rewrite our future and discourse. From pain to power and tragedy to triumph, if it can happen in Stockton it can happen anywhere. This production will paint a picture of this pain, but even more, the possibilities.”

“Pilgrim Street” is an theater art project intersecting criminalization, immigration, and citizenship at a time when vulnerable communities are looking for solutions and strategies to protect themselves from violence at the hands of hostile state policies.

Supported by The San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Gerbode, Hewlett Theater Commissioning Award.

Written by Paul S. Flores
Directed by Sean San Jose
Developed and Produced by Youth Speaks, Paul S. Flores, & Z Space

Dates & Times:
Thursday, September 13th 8:00pm
Friday, September 14th 8:00pm
Saturday, September 15th 8:00pm

Friday, September 14th 2:00pm (Special Free Performance for Bay Area Youth by RSVP only)
Sunday, September 16th 2:00pm

Z Space Theater
450 Florida Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

G/A Tickets:
$5 Youth under 21 & Seniors
$15 Groups 10 or more
$25 Adult

Available online at: or by calling 415.626.0453
Schools or community organizations interested in complimentary tickets please email: [email protected]

More Info

(415) 626-0453 (Box Office)


Z Space
450 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA
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  1. Z Space
    450 Florida Street, San Francisco, CA