New Works at Boston Children’s Theatre

Reflections of a Rock Lobster

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CONTACT: Julie Arvedon
jarvedon@bostonchildrenstheatre.org

BOSTON CHILDREN’S THEATRE TO DEVELOP LANDMARK NEW PLAY TO BATTLE BULLYING, BIGOTRY AND INTOLERANCE

Boston Children’s Theatre is proud to be the first children’s theatre in America to present a new play for teens that explores issues of gay tolerance, bullying prevention and teen awareness. Boston Children’s Theatre has received the exclusive rights to adapt the  biography Reflections of a Rock Lobster into a theatrical production. Boston Children’s Theatre has begun the development process and is presently seeking funding to produce the play in the spring of 2012.

An important chapter of civil rights history, this NEW dramatic adaptation of Reflections of A Rock Lobster is told with humor and great sensitivity.  BCT Executive Artistic Director Burgess Clark says “As one of America’s oldest children’s theatres, Boston’s Children’s Theatre is extraordinarily proud to lead the national charge for greater understanding, healing and harmony among today’s youth.”

Reflections of a Rock Lobster chronicles the true story of Aaron Fricke, a 17 year-old gay student in Cumberland, Rhode Island who found himself a reluctant celebrity when he sued his public high school for the right to escort his boyfriend to his high school prom in 1980.  Citing a “real and present threat of physical harm to [Fricke], [his] male escort and to others…” his principal refused.  The case Fricke vs. Lynch and Cumberland High School became a landmark Supreme Court decision and a national media sensation, concluding with a surprising and heart-warming expression of hope and harmony shared among gay and straight teens.

“I am so thrilled that Burgess Clark and the Boston Children’s Theatre are bringing this story to a whole new generation of young people.  It inspired me to live through it and I know it will inspire theatergoers to see it on stage,” says author Aaron Fricke, who will attend all performances and host a talkback with the student and adult audiences.  This world premiere is more topical than ever in expressing lessons of compassion and anti-bigotry in an academic world tarnished by bullying and intolerance.

Especially topical for today’s youth, Reflections of a Rock Lobster carries an everlasting message of hope and optimism.  Reflections of a Rock Lobster serves as a great inspiration of how a young American fought for his right to free expression…and won!

For further information regarding the production, workshop or Boston Children’s Theatre. Please contact info@bostonchildrenstheatre.org

About Boston Children’s Theatre

Sixty years ago in 1951, Boston Children’s Theatre (BCT) was founded as a stand-alone, non-profit organization, dedicated exclusively to young people and the telling of their stories. One of the oldest children’s theatrical organizations in the United States, Boston Children’s Theatre provides unique opportunities for inner city and suburban kids to work together by offering year-round opportunities for young performers to be involved in a broad range of theatrical productions.  BCT is committed to providing high quality, diverse and affordable shows designed specifically for teachers, children and their families.

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