Technically, Readers Theatre productions are not plays in the traditional sense. Instead, actors talk directly to the audience. No props or scenery are involved. From 1976 to 2003, Gevirtzman wrote numerous plays for Readers Theatre. One of those works, “The trial of Lee Harvey Oswald,” was particularly personal for him, he said. “I did it because I was really obsessed with the Kennedy assassination. Somebody suggested I get it off my chest by putting Oswald on trial.” At every performance, audience members would vote on Oswald’s guilt or innocence. His newest work is very different. Cisneros “wanted a show that dealt with problems kids face when they try to examine who they are and how people see them,” Gevirtzman said. Cisneros started Phantom Projects in 1997, a year after he helped direct “No Way To Treat A Lady” as a high school senior. Initially, the group would go to high schools, where teens would perform the play and then talk to students. In 2001, the group began performing at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Cisneros, who credits Gevirtzman for the success of Phantom Projects, said he loves the author’s latest play. “He’s had more access to teens than anybody else. No one has a more accurate portrayal of teens,” he said. “Through These Eyes” will be performed at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd. For tickets, call (562) 944-9801, or go on line at phantomprojects.com. [email protected] (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I went on message boards where kids post, and I was like a fly on the wall. I got a lot of the lines kids use,” he added. During the 1990s, Gevirtzman wrote three plays for Phantom Projects, dealing with such issues as under-age sex, drugs and alcohol. He hadn’t considered penning a new work until Phantom Projects’ producing artistic director, Steve Cisneros, urged him to tackle the subject. “It’s not a linear story, where it follows one character,” Cisneros said, explaining the story line of “Through These Eyes.” “You get glimpses into the lives of different characters. It doesn’t have a beginning and ending. It’s a bunch of vignettes that tie together at the end,” he said. “And because the teen cast is the same age as much of the audience, the post-show discussion is always candid.” Gervirtzman’s first three plays for Phantom Projects, “No Way To Treat A Lady,” “Out, Out Brief Candle” and “Center of the Universe,” were adaptations from pieces performed at Readers Theatre, a program Gevirtzman started at La Mirada High in 1976. LA MIRADA – La Mirada High School English teacher Bruce Gevirtzman took on a weighty issue when he decided to turn his play-writing skills toward the subject of eating disorders and teen-age self-image. “Through These Eyes” follows the lives of a group of teens struggling to live up to the standards of society, the media, their friends – and the vision they see of themselves every day in the mirror. The research proved to be the easiest part. “I had more material than I used,” said Gevirtzman, whose play will be performed this week by the teen actors of Phantom Projects, a local nonprofit theater company with a penchant for works dealing with serious teen issues.