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The Bully Plays
The Bully Plays
"Sticks and stones my break my bones by names can never hurt me." ...NOT!

"If there's one goal of this conference it's to dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up. It's not." —Barack Obama

"I had my bully, and it was excruciating. Not only the bully, but the intimidation I felt." —Robert Cormier

This collection of plays is funny, sad, powerful and important. Bullying is a catch-phrase for treating others as less than human. All of these plays help teenagers develop their moral imaginations and see that there is no us/them. There is only us. The Bully Plays is a tasty antidote to our toxic teen culture. —Mary Pipher, Ph.D., Author of Reviving Ophelia

"He was like the sky, only nobody looked up!" —quote from BLU
Drama/Comedy. Written by Sandra Fenichel Asher, Cherie Bennett, Max Bush, José Casas, Gloria Bond Clunie, Eric Coble, Doug Cooney, Linda Daugherty, Lisa Dillman, Richard Dresser, José Cruz González, Stephen Gregg, D.W. Gregory, Brian Guehring, Dwayne Hartford, Barry Kornhauser, Trish Lindberg, Brett Neveu, Ernie Nolan, R.N. Sandberg, Geraldine Ann Snyder, Werner Trieschmann, Elizabeth Wong and Y York. Compiled and edited by Linda Habjan.

Cast: 4 to 25+. This anthology was commissioned in response to the growing epidemic of bullying and the all-too-often tragic results. The anthology includes 24 10-minute plays that may be performed in any combination or length and in a variety of venues. The plays are touching, imaginative, powerful, uplifting and funny. A botched chemistry experiment creates a horde of homophobic teenage zombie bullies. A teenager poignantly relates to his dad how a bullied classmate resorted to physical violence. Three dinosaurs at a museum surprise three bickering kids on a school outing. A bully is forced to confront his victim "on the other side." A boy confronts a beast in ancient Greece who provides him with a different perspective on who's the beast. A girl on an anti-bullying crusade must face her own bullying. High-school kids discuss the heartbreak of realizing they contributed to a classmate's death by remaining bystanders. A mother and brother try to come to terms with the suicide of their "technicolor" son and brother. The trickle-down effect of bullying is explored in several plays, along with the dangers of cyber-bullying. The collection also includes a mimed piece and a play in rhymed verse. This collection of short plays will challenge, inspire and enlighten your audiences and help you confront the issue of bullying in a constructive and creative way. Simple staging. Approximate running time: 10 minutes each.

Plays in this collection:

  1. Alex (a conversation about nothing)
  2. Beasts
  3. BLU
  4. Bully-Bully
  5. The Bully Pulpit
  6. A Bully There Be
  7. A Bunch of Clowns
  8. Bystander Blues
  9. The Conundrum
  10. Downhill
  11. The Final Testimony of Henry Samson
  12. Flash Mob
  13. Gasp, Farrah & Monster
  14. Glorious Gail
  15. Happy Birthday, Heather Higby (I Am Plotting Your Doom)
  16. Her
  17. Here Be Dragons
  18. Mindless, Drooling, Teenage Zombie Bullies
  19. The New Kid
  20. Nobody Nose (The Trouble I've Seen)
  21. "Send"
  22. The Shirt
  23. We're Your Friends
  24. What Goes Around
Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Anthology*Full-Length
Catalog Code:  BG4
Pages:  226
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Categories
Target Audience: YoungAudiences | Middle School | High School | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre
Genre: Comedy | Drama
ISBN (10): 1583427236
Biographies
Sandra Fenichel Asher's plays have been produced nationally and abroad. More than two dozen have been published, including A Woman Called Truth, In the Garden of the Selfish Giant and Jesse and Grace: A Best Friends Story, all of which have received the AATE Distinguished Play Award. Asher is also a recipient of an NEA fellowship grant in playwriting, the ...More
Cherie Bennett is one of the most successful playwrights for family audiences in the country. Among her many plays is Anne Frank & Me, which Bennett directed off-Broadway to a stellar review in The New York Times. She is also a best-selling novelist in The New York Times and USA Today. Bennett has won an Emmy Award and a Writers ...More
Max Bush is a freelance playwright and director whose plays are widely produced on professional, educational and amateur stages across the country. He's won many awards for his work including the Distinguished Play Award from AATE, the IUPUI National Playwrighting Competition, and Individual Artist Grants from Michigan Council for the Arts. He's been commissioned by the Nashville Academy Theatre, Emmy ...More
José Casas is a playwright, director and actor from Baldwin Park, California. He has a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from the University of California (Santa Barbara), an M.A. in Theatre Arts from California State University (Los Angeles) and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing/ Playwriting from Arizona State University. His plays include: A Bag of Oranges, The Assassination of Erik Estrada, ...More
Gloria Bond Clunie was recently honored with a 2011 Medallion Award from the Children's Theatre Foundation of America. She is a member of the Playwriting Ensemble at the Regional Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theater, where her plays North Star, Living Green and Shoes premiered. Other works include Drip; Secrets; the musical Sing, Malindy, Sing!; Merry Kwanzaa; Dreams; Smoke; Quark (a ...More
Eric Coble was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and bred on the Navajo and Ute reservations in New Mexico and Colorado. His plays have been produced off-Broadway, throughout the United States and on several continents including productions at Manhattan Class Company, the Kennedy Center, Playwrights Horizons, Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival, Alliance Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Laguna ...More
Doug Cooney is a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. His play The Final Tour was workshopped at Sundance Theater Labs with Moises Kaufman directing John Neville and Mary Lou Rosato. He collaborated with composer David O on an original youth musical, The Legend of Alex, produced by the Mark Taper Forum P.L.A.Y., and the musical adaptation of George Saunders' The Very ...More
Linda Daugherty's plays have been produced nationally and internationally in professional and community theatres, schools and colleges. She received the 2011 National Award from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine for her teen issue plays, The Secret Life of Girls (bullying), EAT (It's Not About Food) (eating disorders), dont u luv me? (teen dating violence) and hard 2 ...More
Lisa Dillman's plays have been produced in Chicago at Steppenwolf, American Theatre Company, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, and Collaboraction; in New York at the Hypothetical Theatre Company; in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at Theaterwork; and elsewhere around the country. Her play Six Postcards was featured in the Goodman Theatre's 2005 New Stages Festival. Dillman has received the Sprenger—Lang New History Play ...More
Richard Dresser's plays are widely produced in New York, regional theater and Europe. His recently published trilogy of plays about happiness in America includes Augusta (working class), The Pursuit of Happiness (middle class) and A View of the Harbor (upper class). Other plays are Rounding Third, which appeared off-Broadway after regional productions in Chicago (Northlight Theater) and The Old Globe, ...More
José Cruz González's plays include The Sun Serpent, Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle, Invierno, Sunsets and Margaritas, The Heart's Desire, The Blue House, Tomás and the Library Lady and September Shoes. A collection of his plays, Nine Plays by José Cruz González: Magical Realism and Mature Themes in Theatre for Young Audiences, was published by the University of Texas Press ...More
Some of Stephen Gregg's plays include The New Margo, This Is a Test, Small Actors, S.P.A.R., Twitch, Sunday Night and Poor Little Lambs. He is the recipient of a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwright's Center of Minneapolis; Actors Theatre of Louisville's Heideman Award for best 10-minute play (A Private Moment); the International Thespian Society's Founders' Award for service to youth ...More
D.W. Gregory writes comedies and dramas that draw on her working-class roots. Often set in rural America, her plays explore the disconnect between the dream and reality of American blue-collar experience. Whether a dark, expressionistic comedy such as The Good Girl Is Gone or a Brechtian drama such as Radium Girls, her plays frequently present an unseen offstage character as ...More
Brian Guehring is the playwright-in-residence at Omaha Theater Company, one of the nation's largest professional theatres for young people. He has adapted the world-premiere scripts of the Newbery Award-winning novel Julie of the Wolves (directed by Everett Quinton), Miss Bindergarten, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, Holidays Around the World and Sacagawea: Discovering History. Guehring's scripts have won several ...More
Dwayne Hartford lives in Phoenix. He is an associate artist and playwright in residence at Childsplay. Hartford has four other plays published by Dramatic Publishing Company. Eric and Elliot won the 2005 AATE Distinguished Play Award. The Imaginators was produced and aired on KAET, the Phoenix PBS television station. His adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities was part of ...More
Barry Kornhauser spearheads the Family Arts Collaborative at Millersville University in Lancaster County, Pa. Prior to this, he served as playwright-in-residence and sundry other positions at the Fulton Theatre for more than 30 years. His honors include the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Cup Award, Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Play, Ivey Playwriting Award, two AATE Distinguished Play Awards and the Bonderman ...More
Dr. Trish Lindberg, professor of education and M.Ed. integrated arts coordinator at Plymouth State University, Plymouth, N.H., is artistic director/co-founder of the Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC), founder/artistic director of the Kearsarge Arts Theatre (KAT) and co-founder/artistic director of TIGER, a professional theatre company that has performed for more than 250,000 children. Dr. Lindberg is the recipient of the 1999 New ...More
Brett Neveu's work has been produced by a number of companies including the Goodman Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Rogue Machine Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre, Strawdog Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company, American Theatre Company, Spring Theatreworks, Aardvark Theatre and 29th Street Rep. He is the recipient of the Ofner Prize for New Work, the Emerging Artist Award from the League ...More
Ernie Nolan is a director, choreographer and playwright dedicated to reimagining stories for young audiences. As producing artistic director of Emerald City Theatre in Chicago, where he has directed more than 20 productions, he created the Emerald City PlayGround, a process to develop new TYA plays. Nolan's work as a TYA playwright has been featured both nationally and internationally at ...More
R.N. Sandberg's plays have been seen in Australia, Canada, England, Japan, Panama and South Korea as well at U.S. theaters such as Barter Theatre, Dallas Children's Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Intiman Theatre, La Mama, Providence Black Rep, Stage One: Louisville's Children's Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre and Yale Cabaret. He has been commissioned by, among others, McCarter Theatre, Metro Theater Company ...More
Geraldine Ann Snyder has gained wide recognition for her work on behalf of young people by addressing complex issues through the use of music, comedy and drama. Co-founder with her husband, Paul Lenzi, of the Blue Apple Players, Louisville, Kentucky, she has toured extensively throughout the southeast and performed on stages from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to the ...More
Werner Trieschmann is a writer, director and theatre instructor. He was writer and director for the world premiere production of Mozart: Revealed and Schubert: Revealed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in Fort Wayne, Ind. His numerous plays have been produced across the United States, Canada and, most recently, England, Australia and Japan. His plays including Failing the Improv, You ...More
Elizabeth Wong, playwright, is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She directed her latest play Dating and Mating in Modern Times at Theatre Emory in Atlanta, Ga and at the 2003 Brave New Works Festival. The Happy Prince, her opera for young audiences with Grammy-winning composer Michael Silversher, was commissioned by the Kennedy Center ...More
In 2013, Y York received AATE Distinguished Play Awards for Don't Tell Me I Can't Fly and Getting Near to Baby while premiering new plays Crash (Seattle Children's Theatre) and Stargirl (People's Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa.). York's Woof (Main Street Theater, Houston, Tex.) won the 2012 Buzzy Award for Best New Play. She is a recipient of the ...More
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