Working Group Theatre's Production of Out of Bounds
PRESENTED BY PARKER ARTS IN ASSOCATION WITH WORKING GROUP THEATRE
‘You’re pathetic and mean nothing. No one likes you @ school.’ Words such as these are so easily sent through various ways on social media, yet they can have such a powerful and potentially dangerous impact on whoever is receiving the message.
Parker Arts has joined forces with the local community to offer an arts-based approach to dealing with the dangerous world of cyber-bullying. In addition, families can engage with expert speakers and obtain the resources they need to learn what can be done to prevent cyber-bullying and ultimately stop it.
About the Event
Over a dozen different groups will be present to offer their educational expertise on bullying, counseling and suicide prevention. Special guest, Kristy Arellano will discuss her family’s experience, after her daughter Kiana tried to end her life as a result of bullying. After the play, a short panel discussion allows families to ask questions on the topic.
Kristy Arellano - Douglas County mother who helped sponsor Kiana's Law, allowing cyberbullies to be prosecuted
Dr. Scott Ross - an expert on bullying from the Colorado Department of Education
Ann Walton - the Douglas County School District Student Wellness Department
Shannon Brukbacher - Dectective with the Parker Police Department
About the Play
In this honest play about cyber bullying, a 14-year-old girl and her peers open a discussion about bullying, friendship, past mistakes, and forgiveness. On a dare, Amy posted a picture of herself online that she shouldn’t have. When the picture makes it around her school, the situation gets out of hand, and she has to switch to a new school in the middle of the year. Hoping for a fresh start, Amy avoids the internet and social media and attempts to make new friends. Unfortunately, her past catches up with her and the bullying threatens to start again. Out of Bounds combines video footage, graphic illustrations, and stories from parents, teachers, and others who have faced the challenges of bullying. This Working Group Theatre production is both thoughtful and powerful for today’s students facing multi-faceted bullying.
Wednesday, February 3 - 5:00 PM (YOUTHS 18 and UNDER FREE)
Thursday, February 4 - 10:00 AM (School Day Performance)
Schedule of Events
5:00 - Resource booths open
5:30 - Welcoming Announcements – Mayor Waid and Colorado Representative Rhonda Fields
5:40 - Kristy Arellano (Kiana’s Mother - Kiana’s Law) shares her story
6:00 - Working Group Theatre's Performance
7:40 - Panel Discussion with questions from the audience
8:15 - Resource booths open
Resource Booth Participants
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Children's Hospital - Pediatric Mental Health Institute of Colorado
Colorado Department of Education
Douglas County Libraries
Douglas County Parenting Coalition
Douglas County Schools
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office – Youth Education and Safety in Schools (Y.E.S.S.)
Douglas County Youth Initiative
Dragon Heart Martial Arts
Elbert County Coalition Community Resource Center
Elbert County Sheriff’s Department
Juvenile Assessment Center
Parker Police Department
Pines and Plains Library – Elizabeth, CO
Southeast Christian Church - Parker
For resources on talking to youth about bullying, please visit this link.
Out of Bounds was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with leading funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional funding provided by Colorado Creative Industries, Western States Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Learn more about NEFA at www.nefa.org
Working Group Theatre was formed in 2009 by three graduates of the University of Iowa MFA Theatre Department: Sean Lewis, Martin Andrews and Jennifer Fawcett. Since their founding, WGT has produced nine original plays, including Mayberry, The Broken Chord and now Out of Bounds, all of which have been commissioned by Hancher. In addition to producing plays, WGT also produces a monthly story-telling night called Was the Word. WGT has developed a signature style of plays that address issues affecting our community today, blending documentary theatre and fictional storytelling staged with raw theatricality. Working Group is also the recipient of the Iowa City Human Rights Commission Rick Graf Award for their work in the community, as well as the Partners in Progress Award from the Iowa Pride Network.
Learn more about Working Group Theatre at www.workinggrouptheatre.org
This engagement is supported by Colorado Creative Industries, Western States Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Learn more about this show’s supporters here:
Colorado Creative Industries: www.coloradocreativeindustries.org
Western States Arts Federation: www.westaf.org
National Endowment for the Arts: www.arts.gov