“By deftly tackling the topics of bullying and prejudice in a way that kids can relate to, the work defines what a children’s theater company ought to be.”– Boston Magazine
After being bullied relentlessly, 17 year-old student Aaron Fricke from Cumberland, Rhode Island sued his high school in 1980 for the right to escort his boyfriend to his senior prom. In the tradition of The Diary of Anne Frank and To Kill a Mockingbird, this play deals with issues of bullying and prejudice. Boston Children’s Theatre is most proud to bring a story from local history to enlighten today’s youth with positive messages of tolerance and acceptance.
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“Bravo to the Boston Children’s Theatre for using the power of the performing arts to illuminate the struggles and beauty of the LGBT community. You guys are inspiring!”
— Gavin Creel, Tony-nominated Broadway actor
The Boston Globe says Reflections of a Rock Lobster is “engrossing, touching, and frequently funny…Ian Shain gives an exceptional, many-shaded performance.” CLICK HERE to read entire review.
EDGE New England says “This outstanding production from BCT of “Reflections of a Rock Lobster” is a marker in local theater of which we can all take pride.” CLICK HERE to read entire review.
BroadwayWorld calls Reflections of a Rock Lobster “an important play with a strong, affirming message.” CLICK HERE to read entire review.
The Bay State Banner says, ”Aaron Fricke’s insights and Burgess Clark’s admirable play are teaching invaluable lessons about respect and understanding that should be required curricula everywhere.” CLICK HERE to read entire review.
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Check out our behind-the-scenes video AND read below what Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston, Academy Award winning actress Susan Sarandon and Broadway star Gavin Creel have to say about the production!
About REFLECTIONS OF A ROCK LOBSTER:
“I applaud Boston Children’s Theatre for producing a World Premiere play that addresses issues that have such a profound impact on our community. Bullying, prejudice and anti-gay sentiments cannot be tolerated in our schools or in our society. “Reflections of a Rock Lobster” teaches us all the importance of acceptance and tolerance in an entertaining, creative and powerful way. I congratulate their efforts and I encourage everyone to experience this ground-breaking production.”
— Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston
REFLECTIONS OF A ROCK LOBSTER is also making a national impact. In support of this powerful new production, Academy Award winning actress Susan Sarandon said, “The largest challenge one can face is to lead an authentic life when to do so is to be isolated from our “tribe”, your peers, especially at a time when that “tribe” seems to be everything. To stand up takes great courage and it is important to celebrate such courage.”
“Bravo to the Boston Children’s Theatre for using the power of the performing arts to illuminate the struggles and beauty of the LGBT community. You guys are inspiring! Good luck with the run!” — Gavin Creel, Tony-nominated Broadway actor
Performances: March 9 – March 17, 2013.
The Wimberly Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts
527 Tremont Street
REFLECTIONS OF A ROCK LOBSTER is featured in the Jan/Feb issue of Boston Spirit Magazine. CLICK HERE to read the article by Loren King.
Based on a true story, this World Premiere play REFLECTIONS OF A ROCK LOBSTER profiles a bullied teenager, Aaron Fricke. The year is 1980 and Aaron is gay. Being gay makes Aaron different. With that stigma, he is subjected daily to violence and rejection–leaving him feeling dejected and with thoughts of suicide. Rising from his despair, Aaron strikes back by suing his Rhode Island high school for the right to escort his boyfriend to the prom. By standing up for his personal and civil rights and for refusing to apologize for who he is, Aaron not only wins in court, but he also wins in the hearts and minds of his peers and his community.
Boston Children’s Theatre is proud to be the first children’s theatre in the country to address this extremely difficult and sensitive subject matter. We are asking our audiences- students, teachers, administrations, parents, grandparents- to join us in saying bullying and intolerance of those different from ourselves make us all the victim. By enlightening and entertaining audiences with positive messages of acceptance, BCT hopes to encourage open discussion about the emotional and physical effects of bullying and how we can all prevent it from happening in our communities.
REFLECTIONS OF A ROCK LOBSTER is appropriate for grades 9 – 12 and will be performed by students ages 14 – 19. In addition to public performances, BCT has scheduled special performances for school groups at a discounted price. Each school performance will be followed by a post-show discussion with the cast and creative team.
Educators: Tickets are on sale now for all school performances.
(Grades 8 – 12) Curriculum Connections: Bullying, Communication & Language Arts, Civil Rights, History, and Theatre
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Potential Sponsors: If you are an individual or organization interested in becoming a producing sponsor, please contact Toby Schine, BCT Executive Producer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-424-6634, x224.
Press: Please contact Julie Arvedon, Director of PR and Marketing at 617-401-6518 or email@example.com
Boston Children’s Theatre is thankful for the generous support of its lead sponsor BNY Mellon and presenting partners Greater Boston PFLAG and the Massachusetts Commission on GLBT Youth.