Drama students from Nichols Middle School and the Neri Project Photo from Peaceable Cities: Evanston

Community members are encouraged to attend “The Ripple Effect,” an original dramatic adaptation created by the Nichols Middle School Drama Department and the Neri Project, at 3 p.m. on March 14 at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave. “The Ripple Effect” is   based on the novel “Yummy” by G. Neri.

“Yummy” is the true story of 11-year-old Robert “Yummy” Sandifer, who shot and killed an innocent 14-year-old girl, Shevon, while trying to kill a rival gang member. That killing eventually leads to his being murdered by his own gang.

Yummy was later featured on the cover of Time magazine with the headline, “So young to kill, so young to die.” The story of his challenging childhood shook the nation.

“The Ripple Effect,” told through the eyes of a fictional boy from the neighborhood, depicts Yummy as killer and victim. With his father in jail, an abusive mother who often uses drugs, and a family that is unable to provide a stable home environment, Yummy turns to the only group of people that ever showed him any interest – the Black Disciples Nation. The gang uses Yummy to commit crimes on their behalf. After the shooting of Shevon, they plot Yummy’s death, to keep their secrets safe. This year marks the 21st anniversary of the death of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer.

“The Ripple Effect” is free. More information is available at peaceablecities@gmail.com or calling 847-859-7843.