The play "Gifted" is an ideal way to connect with students on the issue of bullying. Played out in a very realistic setting, students quickly identify with the characters and story unfolding in front of them.
At the core of its many issues, “Gifted” delves into the effect bullying has on the adolescent trying to find their place in life. From physical to emotional bullying, it explores the impact it has on those bullied, the bullies themselves, and bystanders.
Written by Chicago Playwright Tommy Lee Johnston. Gifted is set in a classroom, running as a one act play without intermission, and has an approximate run time of 65 minutes.
Social conflict pervades our schools. In some ways, students have become somewhat numb to the anti-bullying, inclusive messages of their teachers and principals. Gifted delivers the point in a way students can relate to. It’s about more than just bullying, it’s about breaking down differences and stereotypes in subtle and meaningful ways. Gifted delivers the message with humor and poignancy, and the students hear it.
Michael Shapiro, Principal – Shepard Middle School
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