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"Choices" play on cyberbullying Nov. 13, 14, part of Human Rights and Social Justice program

11/12/2012

Members of the Looking for Lilith Theatre Company perform
Members of the Looking for Lilith Theatre Company perform
“CHOICES: An Interactive Play on Cyberbullying and Suicide” by the Looking for Lilith Theatre Company will be performed at 7 p.m. both Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 13 and 14, at Leonard Theatre in Peabody Hall. The performance is free, but tickets are required and may be obtained at the box office in Shriver Center. “Choices” is part of the annual Human Rights and Social Justice program organized by the Center for American and World Cultures.

The play focuses on 15-year old Hannah, who receives numerous threatening messages from an online peer. Terrified, it seems to Hannah that she has no other way to end the fear and pain than to take her own life.

In this interactive theater production, audience members will have the opportunity to stop the suicide and choose other options that will change the outcome for Hannah.

Professional actors with the Louisville-based theater group Looking for Lilith will perform the short play, telling Hannah’s story. Just as Hannah makes that terrible decision to take her life, the play stops.

The actors then address the audience, giving them the opportunity to actively “discuss” Hannah’s other options by intervening in moments in the play where Hannah could make different choices when dealing with her online bully.

The play is sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures and the women’s, gender and sexuality studies program with support from other departments and programs.

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