When cast members were asked if they felt the situations depicted in the play were realistic, they immediately and unequivocally said “yes!” Tevion Lanier, who plays Malik said, “This happens every day. It’s not some made up story. I have friends who have gone through this. Malik is just trying to get away and make something better for himself but he still sometimes feels trapped in that environment.”
Actress Lawren Carter was asked how she gets into character as Talisha, who perpetuates the belief that the three teens have limited opportunity for a better life, Carter responded, “Talisha has a lot of layers and beneath them all is pain. She feels unloved and in turn tries to make her friends feel like they are also unloved. She does this because she doesn’t want to be alone in her feelings of worthlessness”.