CHOICES: an interactive play on cyberbullying and suicide
When 15-year old Hannah receives numerous threatening messages from an online peer, she finds herself becoming more and more powerless. 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, students 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 students in 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. Students will be able to take Hannah’s place in the play and act out their ideas, practicing how they themselves would deal with the situation at hand.
The founder of Make a Difference for Kids, Mark Neblett, knows all too well the negative consequences of cyberbullying. His 17-year old daughter, Rachael Neblett, died by suicide in 2006 after she was stalked online by a peer from her school.”
In August 2012, Looking for Lilith was one of ten organizations around the country that was invited to the annual American Alliance for Theatre and Education pre-conference on cyberbullying and performed Choices. During the conference Lilith conducted a workshop about creating a Forum Theatre piece to address an issue of importance to individual schools or communities.
Our hope is that through this production, teens will see that negative experiences and outcomes can be changed through the different choices they make.
Looking For Lilith received the Karen G. Willis Award in 2010, given by the KY Theatre Association for commitment to artistic excellence and transforming Kentucky through theatre.
Looking for Lilith was one of ten companies around the country invited to the annual American Alliance for Theatre and Education conference's pre-conference on bullying. Looking for Lilith performed Choices at the pre-conference. During the conference Lilith conducted a workshop about creating a Forum Theatre piece to address an issue of importance to individual schools or communities.
The Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund is providing nearly $50,000 in matching donations through Fund for the Arts to nine arts-based projects that will expand the capacity of Greater Louisville cultural providers to reach new audiences and invest in innovation.
ALL DONATIONS WILL BE MATCHED up to $5,000, in support of our touring production of CHOICES: An Interactive Play on Cyber-bullying and Teen Suicide.
Bring CHOICES to your school, library or community center!
Interactive performances available for middle school, high school and adults.
To book your performance, contact:
Jennifer Thalman Kepler
Community Outreach Director
Looking for Lilith has a strong commitment to education. In our outreach programs, we can guide participants in researching, devising, and sharing new works that give voice to the members of our society who have historically been underrepresented. Through these programs and our performances, we help show the value of multiple perspectives on history.