The need for effective anti-bullying programming is great in the rural counties surrounding Louisville, and Looking for Lilith often receives requests for this program from schools that do not have funding for such programming. Your support of this project will remove the barriers of program expense and transportation by bringing live theatre into 20 middle and high schools in Bullitt, Shelby, and Spencer counties in Kentucky and Clark and Floyd counties in Indiana.
CHOICES: An Interactive Play on Cyber-Bullying and Teen Suicide begins with a 20-minute play in which teen Hannah receives increasingly threatening messages through social media. Hannah decides to end the fear and pain by taking her own life, but the play ends just before this occurs. The actors invite the audience members to intervene in moments where Hannah could make different choices dealing with her online bullying, to prevent this ending. Individual students take Hannah’s place in the play and act out ideas, practicing how they themselves would deal with this situation. CHOICES uses the power of theatre to access real-world solutions in the event that they or a friend is a victim of cyber-bullying. Participants engage in peer-to-peer learning as they observe fellow students take the place of the main character in the play and attempt different strategies to deal with her bully. Educators experience first-hand what students understand about the role of technology in bullying and how they, as allies, can support anti-cyber-bullying efforts.
Looking for Lilith Theatre creates original productions and programming by examining history, and questioning today, from women’s perspectives – thereby lifting up unheard voices. Looking for Lilith programming serves children, youth, and adults locally, nationally, and internationally. Should schools in the counties stated above not be able to book CHOICES owing to scheduling or other issues, Looking for Lilith will extend this program to Title I schools in Jefferson County Public Schools.