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Pine Island Playhouse presents play collection about bullying

September 11, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Last weekend, the Pine Island Playhouse performed a collection of four short plays about bullying titled "The Bully Plays."

Performances were over the three-day Labor Day weekend at the United Methodist Church on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30-31, and Sunday, Sept. 1.

Because of the growing epidemic of bullying, and the all-too-often tragic results, the plays were commissioned to educate young people. The plays are touching, imaginative, powerful, uplifting and funny. This collection of short plays challenge, inspire and enlighten audiences and help individuals confront bullying in a constructive and creative way.

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New Kid arrives at school and is offered three choices: be a bully, be bullied or be a bystander.


"Bully Plays is the start of season seven," Playhouse artistic director Nichole Pichon said. "These plays are a great way to start a conversation with teens and pre-teens to help put a stop to bullying in our community."

Pine Island Playhouse started the Student Series in 2016 when Angela Kerr directed the play, "Eat: It's not about Food." The play Kerr directed dramatizes the dangerous world of eating disorders in girls and boys. Kerr then applied for a grant through Disney Friends for Change and received a $500 grant to produce the production and start the Student Series at the Playhouse.

"The Bully Plays" consists of 24 individual 10-minute plays about bullying. Four were selected for these Student Series performances:

"A Bunch of Clowns"

When New Kid arrives at school ? or is it the circus? ? Ringmaster and Clowns offer only three choices for getting into the act: be a Bully, a Bullied, or a Bystander. Bully seems the best choice. It's even fun, until the line is crossed from clowning around to cruelty. It soon becomes evident that there must be more than three choices, and, in spite of Ringmaster's protests, New Kid and the Clowns go off to discover them.

"The New Kid"

Adults portray middle-school students, one of whom gets bullied. Students portray the parents, who manage through love, good intentions and a firm sense of right and wrong to make the situation infinitely worse.


In this short drama, a clique of high school bullies target Her at school. The result of the constant abuse is tragic.


Alyssa impulsively sends an inappropriate picture of herself to her new boyfriend, who, after their breakup, texts the picture on to his new girlfriend. Alyssa's photo goes viral and Alyssa, relentlessly bullied by her peers, sinks into depression while those responsible face unexpected consequences.

"The Bully Plays" were produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company.

"I really enjoyed these plays," Helen McCormack said. "There's a lot of this going on, especially in our schools and I'm glad to see Pine Island Playhouse bring this problem to the publics attention."

Pichon announced that playouse's upcoming plays include "Poe" in October and "Miracle on 34th Street" in December.

Watch the Pine Island Eagle for auditions and performance schedules.

All Pine Island Playhouse performances are free to the public and donations are accepted.



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