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Status Update for the Love Is Louder Campaign

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Laurel Schwartz

THE STORY:

I had to write a one-act play for my senior creative writing class. We happened to be studying gay rights at the time, and around the same time there was a lot of news about LBGTQ suicide as a result to cyberbullying. These few things meshed together, and I ended up writing a play about cyberbullying, using social media a a platform. My English teacher picked my play, along with three others, to be performed in front of the rest of the senior class. got great feedback from the rest of the class and my teacher suggested that I find a way to get the play produced for a larger audience. Thus, I entered the Fringe Festival lottery. I am directing and producing the play with guidance from my English teacher and my school's drama department. I am a first time producer. The entire cast and crew is comprised of high school students.

I decided that to enter the Fringe Festival because I thought that it would be a great experience for myself, the cast and the crew. But, more than that, I entered because I really felt like this play is a story that needs to be told. I am appalled by some of the things I see posted on the internet. It needs to change. My hope is that this play can be some sort of a catalyst for change. If just one person thinks twice before they post a rude comment on a Facebook picture or if just one person decides to stop bullying someone on Formspring or Tumblr or if just one person decides to report haters on twitter, I believe that this show will have done its job.

Personified versions of Facebook, Myspace and Twitter deal with mounting violence on their respective sites. Isaac Muzio is a promising musician and a freshman in college. His life is turned upside down when his roommate, Daman Verma, decides to post a video of Isaac having sex with another man on Facebook without Isaac's knowledge. This leads to depression and Isaac's ultimate suicide.

This show confronts serious issues presented by social media. It is sure to make you think twice about what you post on the internet.

The story was inspired by Tyler Clementi.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Jed Foundation and the Love Is Louder campaign

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