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SOUTH BEND, Indiana — Chicago’s Runaways Lab Theater recently staged Joyelle McSweeney’s “Dead Youth, or, the Leaks,”at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
An eco-farcical ''rewiring'' of Shakespeare's “The Tempest,” the play takes place on a hijacked containership on its way to Magnetic Island, where Julian Assange attempts to “reboot” a troupe of Dead Youth — teenagers from all over the globe who have died in violent circumstances that range from sweatshop labor to environmental poisoning to war. But two rival hijackers aim to thwart his mission, while presiding deity Henrietta Lacks looks on with grave displeasure.

A professor of English and director of the creative writing program at Notre Dame, Dr McSweeney has published two hybrid novels and two volumes of poetry. “Dead Youth, or, the Leaks,” won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Performance Writers Who Are Women.