In THE SECRET LIFE OF GIRLS, bullying in the form of gossiping, keeping secrets, and using friendship as a weapon becomes the prelude to dangerous behaviors like depression, cutting, and eating disorders. The play is an exploration of the intense period of early adolescence when girls jockey for position amongst themselves. In DCT tradition, teens and those who love them are invited to see a performance, and then stay after for a conversation with local experts. The Teen Scene Players from the DCT Academy present THE SECRET LIFE OF GIRLS from February 15 – 24, 2019.
THE SECRET LIFE OF GIRLS takes an unflinching look into the world of mean girls and exposes the consequences that bullying creates. Because that girl everyone is spreading rumors about...the one who just can't seem to fit in...chances are, you know who she is. This dynamic production by award-winning playwright Linda Daugherty generated massive buzz when it debuted in 2007 and subsequently launched DCT's internationally praised teen issue series. Daugherty is one of a few writers creating significant pieces developed specifically for teen writers. In 2011 she received both the regional and national awards by the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine in recognition of her dedication to improving the health and well-being of adolescents.
“This is the show that started it all. In 2006 when we had a staged reading of this show, the concept of cyberbullying was new, but the concept of using friendship as a weapon was not. And with new technology being released each year we want to help young people remember who they really are when they get in the midst of so much turmoil; to remember, who is that little child inside?” said Nancy Schaeffer, director of THE SECRET LIFE OF GIRLS and DCT’s Education Director.
Schaeffer adds, “This was the production that introduced us to many members of our advisory council, and we started having talkbacks after every performance.” From the beginnings of the show in a 2006 staged reading, Dr. Susan Sugarman, from Girls to Women/Young Men’s Health and Wellness and an adolescent doctor, helped design and facilitate post-performance talks with speakers and resources. Over the years, the relationship grew and created many more community alliances all managed by Schaeffer.
An ensemble of teenage actresses make up the cast in order to capture the authentic spirit of teenagers, but they are joined onstage by Lisa Fairchild returns to DCT to recreate her role as Sutton’s mom and the Coach. Fairchild started working with DCT teen programming in 2007 when the first fully staged production of THE SECRET LIFE OF GIRLS launched, and has worked with the group many times since then. Julie K. Rhodes makes her DCT debut as Abby’s mom.
After each performance in the run, guests are encouraged to stay after the performance for a talkback. Local experts will answer questions from the audience and offer resources for those who seek help or further education on the topic.
TEEN SCENE PLAYERS PRESENT
THE SECRET LIFE OF GIRLS
By Linda Daugherty
February 15 – February 24, 2019
Not suitable for children under 12
Performance Dates and Times:
- Friday, February 15, 7:30 PM – Opening Night
- Saturday, February 16, 1:30 PM
- Sunday, February 17, 1:30 PM
- Sunday, February 17, 4:30 PM
- Friday, February 22, 7:30 PM
- Saturday, February 23, 1:30 PM
- Sunday, February 24, 1:30 PM (ASL)
$16 for single tickets. Prices subject to change. Group rates available for parties of 10 or more. Call the Box Office for details, 214-740-0051. General tickets are available online at dct.org
Dallas Children’s Theater
Rosewood Center for Family Arts
5938 Skillman Street
Dallas, Texas 75231