Out of Bounds, A Play About Teenage Bullying: Free Public Performance in Skokie Tonight

From Out of Bounds:

What happens when you can’t protect your own kid from the cruelty of their friends? A National Theatre Project Award Winner, the public performance of Out of Bounds confronts the effects of cyber-bullying from a school parent’s point of view. When Allison and her teenaged daughter, Amy, move back to the town where Allison grew up, she hopes it will be a fresh start for both of them, but soon Amy starts to be bullied at her new school.

Despite assurances from the school that it is under control, it seems like nothing any adult does can stop what is happening in the world of their teenaged children. As a single mother, Allison spends a whole school year trying to fight her daughter’s bullies while being haunted by memories of her own experiences growing up.

Humorous, thoughtful and honest, Out of Bounds weaves together video, comic books and interviews to tell the stories of kids stuck on the outside and the parents, teachers, principals, social works, and other adults who feel powerless to help them. In combination, with post-show panel discussions, the North Shore Center will serve as the backdrop for an important community dialogue around the hazardous effects of cyber-bullying.

Out Of Bounds
Monday, February 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm
A Youtheatre Anti-Bullying Initiative
FREE General Admission
Click HERE to reserve your seats!


The play runs 1 hour and 20 minutes and is followed by a post-show panel discussion and talkback with local bullying experts Kate Donegan, Carrie Goldman, and Dr. Hollie Sobel from the North Shore Community.

Working Group Theatre was originally commissioned to create a show for middle school audiences that addressed the problems of cyber-bullying. In conducting interviews for this show, we realized that there were a lot of important voices that needed to be heard on stage: the voices of the parents, teachers and other adults struggling to help kids with bullying (and in many cases, still affected by bullying that happened in their own lives). From here, the idea to create two shows that focus on different perspectives was born. 

Out of Bounds was developed in 2013 from interviews with students, administrators, teachers and parents; data and input from the Injury Prevention Research Center in the University of Iowa, College of Public Health; and an analysis of relevant academic and news articles.

In performance, Out of Bounds uses video, comic books and interviews to begin a community dialogue around the harmful effects of cyber-bullying.

Out of Bounds Public Performance Post-Show Panelists

Kate Donegan is completing her ninth year as superintendent in Skokie School District 73½, a pre-K-8 district in suburban Chicago.  Her 20 year tenure in the district also includes work as a special education teacher, middle school assistant principal, and middle school principal.  Ms. Donegan received her bachelor of arts in Business Administration from Illinois Wesleyan University and her master of science in Education from Illinois State University.  She has obtained post master degrees in Educational Administration, Chief School Business Official, Director of Special Education, and the Superintendency from Northeastern University and Northern Illinois University.  Ms. Donegan coauthored Strategic Communications for School Leaders which was in 2011.  She currently serves on the executive board of ED-RED, an advocacy organization that serves a leadership role in education policy, and the Women’s Network of School Administrators.  In addition, Superintendent Donegan serves as president of the Skokie Valley chapter of Kiwanis and is a past president and current member of the Niles Township Superintendent Association. 

Carrie Goldman is the award-winning author of Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear (Harper Collins, August 2012). Bullied has received the National Parenting Publication Award and Mom’s Choice Award, both at the gold medal level, for excellence in educational skills and tools. Carrie Goldman and actress Chase Masterson created the Pop Culture Hero Coalition to bring together top bullying prevention groups and celebrities to teach students how to act as heroes against bullying in their everyday lives. Carrie has written for The New York Times, CNN, Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Brain Child Magazine, Adoption.net, Babble, Alternet, and more. She has made appearances on NPR, BBC, MSNBC, CNN Headline News, Fox, HLN, HuffPost Live and Mondays with Marlo, along with countless other media outlets. She travels around the country giving keynote addresses and running workshops for companies, universities, schools and community groups about issues such as relational aggression and social conflict; emotional intelligence, digital citizenship; restorative justice; the sexualization of girls and women; and the cultural effects of gender-based marketing. Carrie received her B.S. from Northwestern University and her M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three daughters.

Dr. Hollie Sobel received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and completed a fellowship at the University of Chicago. Prior to joining The Family Institute, she held an assistant professorship at Rush University Medical Center.  Dr. Sobel has specialization in conducting diagnostic, psychoeducational, and personality testing batteries to primarily children/adolescents with a variety of psychiatric and medical diagnoses. She also assists children and their families with school programming issues. Another area of clinical expertise is providing individual, family, and group psychotherapy.  Dr. Sobel has specialization in using researched-based cognitive-behavioral techniques with children/adolescents and adults to improve mood, decrease levels of anxiety, and enhance functioning across home, school/work and social settings. She includes children/adolescents and parents in the treatment planning process, as family involvement is often important in reaching treatment goals. Dr. Sobel is additionally involved in supervising and teaching trainees. She has presented at national conferences, and is a published author. She has been interviewed on the topic of cyberbullying on the HealthCheck radio talk show.

This performance is presented through arrangements made by Holden & Arts Associates, and made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation.

Out of Bounds

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