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Genki, age nine, plays a pacifist police officer who believes hugs are more effective than guns and teaches his unit chief, portrayed by Jonas Oppenheim, to trust his heart. Photo by Leigh Curran

Genki, age nine, plays a pacifist police officer who believes hugs are more effective than guns and teaches his unit chief, portrayed by Jonas Oppenheim, to trust his heart. Photo by Leigh Curran

:: "VAP reminds me why I do theater, why anyone should do theater, and how theater can be visceral, spiritual, and important." -VAP volunteer and artist, Leon Martell 

Following the Ojai retreat, the company returns to Los Angeles to rehearse, dress, and perform their plays in a professional theater. Students invite their family, friends, and other Virginia Avenue Project supporters to the free production to show off their hard work.