Students in seven Iowa communities will confront cyberbullying through art as the University of Iowa College of Public Health, Hancher (the UI’s performing arts center), and Iowa City’s Working Group Theatre collaborate to present Out of Bounds to middle and elementary schoolers in November.
[Photo: (From left) Alyssa Perry, Maria Vorhis, and Katy Slaven perform a scene from the play “Out of Bounds,” which follows 14-year-old Amy, who has posted a picture of herself online that she shouldn’t have. Amy hopes to make a fresh start at a new school, but when a rival uncovers the whole embarrassing story, Amy’s life begins to fall apart. Photo by Miriam Alarcón Avila]
The play, which Hancher commissioned, was first presented in 2013. It was written by Jennifer Fawcett of Working Group Theater and includes pre- and post-performance activities developed with faculty from the College of Public Health to integrate the show into an ongoing bullying curriculum. The story follows 14-year-old Amy, who has posted a picture of herself online that she shouldn’t have. She hopes to make a new start at a new school, but when a rival uncovers the whole embarrassing story, Amy’s life begins to fall apart.
Out of Bounds has been extremely well received by students, teachers, and administrators for its realistic and current portrayal of bullying. The new tour of the play will visit the Pearson Lakes Arts Center in Okoboji on November 2, Algona Middle School on the third, Spencer Middle School on the fourth, Storm Lake Middle School on the fifth, Lewis Central Middle School in Council Bluffs on the sixth, West Middle School in Muscatine on the ninth, and Maquoketa Middle School on November 10.