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News : Entertainment Jan 30, 2013 - 7:14:40 AM


Special events take on bullying & drug abuse with comedian ANT and Bully filmmaker Lee Hirsch

By The Ridgefield Playhouse





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With bullying and drug abuse as cultural realities, The Ridgefield Playhouse launched the Get Real Series last fall to give teachers, students and parents the tools they need to stomp out bullying and say no to drugs. The Reliance Merchant Services "Get Real" Series for Families & Teens continues with comedian ANT (pictured) in Bullied, Bashed but Not Broken on Thursday, February 7, at 10:30 a.m. for schools and Friday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. for parents and teens at The Ridgefield Playhouse. On Thursday, February 21, the film Bully will be shown for parents and teens by filmmaker Lee Hirsch beginning with the screening at 5 p.m. followed by a 6:30 reception and 7:30 discussion with Hirsch. For tickets to see ANT ($10 schools, $11 parents & teens) and Bully ($15), call the box at 203-438-5795, or order online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org.
ANT, the comedian who won Last Comic Standing, will take the audience at the Ridgefield Playhouse on a journey through his life of self-doubt, internalized homophobia, depression and chemical dependency, as he tells his story of being bullied at school for being different -- gay, of immigrant parents eating funny lunches -- leading him into a dark place. After turning his depression into humor, the happy ending story is what “Bullied, Bashed but Not Broken” on Friday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. for parents and teens is all about. His powerful message, delivered via humor, is something everyone can relate to.

As part of the Reliance Merchant Services "Get Real" Series for Families & Teens and The Ridgefield Prevention Council’s Family University Series and Clark Construction Comedy Series,?comedian ANT will also perform a daytime middle school show on Thursday, February 7, at 10:30 a.m. For the evening show, one dollar from each ticket purchased will be donated to True Colors, a non-profit organization that works with other social service agencies, schools, and within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and completely met.

True Colors has been recognized for their expertise in LGBTI youth issues. The Get Real Series for Families and Teens is part of The Ridgefield Prevention Council's Family University Series?and is underwritten by Adam Broderick Salon & Spa, Northeast Builders of Ridgefield, LLC and AllShows.com.

With bullying and drug abuse being all-too-common realities in our culture, The Ridgefield Playhouse launched the Get Real Series last year to give teachers, students and parents the tools they need to stomp out bullying and say no to drugs. The Ridgefield Playhouse is partnering with the Women’s Center of Danbury and the Ridgefield Prevention Council Family University to educate parents and teens in the greater Ridgefield area about how to ‘Get Real’.

Another Get Real Series event will bring filmmaker Lee Hirsch, creator/director of Bully, to the Playhouse to screen his film and answer questions on Thursday, February 21, for teens and parents. The film screening will be at 5 p.m. followed by a reception at 6:30 and a discussion with Lee Hirsch at 7:30. Bully is a stark portrait of what bullying looks like from the perspective of the victims with the goal of bringing bullying to the forefront. The man behind the anti-bullying movement, Lee Hirsch, was a former victim himself and started the filming in 2009, shortly after two 11-year-old boys (from Massachusetts and Georgia) committed suicide following prolonged harassment at school. He spent the rest of that academic year in a handful of schools across the country, following five students and families in an effort to understand how schools handle bullying. It is the belief of Hirsch and other anti-bullying proponents that students want to be involved and respected, not talked-down-to. Bernard’s (22 West Lane, Ridgefield) is offering a prix-fixe menu or a free glass of wine with dinner before this event when tickets are shown. Both Get Real events are underwritten by Adam Broderick Salon & Spa, ?Northeast Builders of Ridgefield, LLC and The Ridgefield Prevention Council. Bully is part of the Moffly Media Entertaining Conversations Series.

The other events in the Get Real series include comedian Bernie McGrenahan who will teach kids in a humorous edutainment way about the dangers of drugs on Thursday, April 4, and Elaine Williams, a humorist and motivational speaker, who will talk about “overdoing it” in every way on Thursday, May 9.

Tickets for ANT ($10 schools, $11 parents & teens) and Bully ($15) are available by calling the box at 203-438-5795, or by ordering online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT




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