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'Sliced by an Artist': A Child's Radio Play

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'Sliced by an Artist': A Child's Radio Play

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'Sliced by an Artist': A Child's Radio Play

'Sliced by an Artist': A Child's Radio Play

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Dustin Hoffman and Los Angeles playwright Kenny Juarez, now 11 years old. Jay Gibson hide caption

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Author Kenny Juarez with his Young Storytellers mentor, writer and comedian Randy Sklar. Andy Bowers for NPR hide caption

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Day to Day presents Sliced By An Artist, a radio play written by elementary school student Kenny Juarez when he was 9 (he's now 11). Actor Dustin Hoffman narrates the story. It's a fantasy about a drinking straw trying to avoid his father's fate of being shredded for a piece of artwork.

The play was born out of Juarez's involvement with the Young Storytellers Foundation, a volunteer mentoring program that pairs Hollywood professionals with 4th and 5th grade students in the L.A. public schools. The mentors guide the children as they form their own original ideas into short dramatic works. The plays are then performed in staged readings by film and television actors.