Opening Night! There is nothing more exciting in the theatre world than an opening night and I'm happy to say TONIGHT is the opening of the world premiere of my play Everyday People.
The play deals with bullying in schools on every level, beginning with elementary school kids up through high school. And of course, it touches upon the issue of cyber bullying which is running rampant.
Not to sound too pessimistic, but I'm afraid bullying is never going to go away. But I do think that if parents and teachers can pass on the message of kindness and tolerance, there may be a slowing down of the horridness we've been seeing lately. Kids have bullied other kids since the beginning of time...I'm sure little Neanderthal children were slamming other Neanderthal children into cave walls. But with the onslaught of technology, the ramifications of bullying via social networks and text messaging are profound. And the results will never go away. As Aaron Sorkin so succinctly wrote in the film "The Social Network," the Internet is written in ink. You can never erase it once it's out there.
I am hoping Everyday People will bring even more awareness to an already topical issue and hoping this type of behavior will no longer be tolerated. I love theatre. It educates. It entertains. It illuminates and inspires. Happy Opening Night everybody!