SYNOPSIS: Outside is the story of Daniel, a teen who triumphs over homophobic bullying, depression and suicide. At his new school he shares his story at a meeting of the Gay Straight Alliance. Meanwhile, at his old school, struggling to come to terms with what happened, his friends Krystina and Jeremy attempt to start their own GSA. Through flashbacks, we travel through Daniel’s harrowing experience with bullying that began with a taunt and a text message and eventually led to a serious physical assault. Three friends, two high schools, one lunch hour. #RoseneathOutside
Nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore Awards!
Outstanding Performance – G. Kyle Shields
Curriculum Connections: Social Sciences & Humanities, Health and Physical Education, Drama, Equity and Inclusive Education
Themes: Homophobia, Mental Health/Teen Suicide, Cyberbullying, Gay-Straight Alliances
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School performances include a talkback session with the artists. No deposit required at time of booking.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
Paul is a playwright, actor and instructor based in Toronto. He was a member of the inaugural TYA Playwrights Unit at Roseneath Theatre, where he developed Outside. He is the author of Offensive Shadows (winner of the Now Magazine Audience Choice Award – SummerWorks Festival), High-Gravel-Blind, and BOYS. He was nominated for a Dora Award as Co- author of the Gay Heritage Project(along with Damien Atkins and Andrew Kushnir), which premiered at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in 2013. As an actor, he has spent seven seasons at the Stratford Festival, and has worked in professional theatres across Canada, as well as in television, radio and film. He has been a guest instructor at the National Theatre School, Fanshawe College and the Thousands Islands Playhouse. He is a graduate of the Theatre Arts Program at Grant MacEwan College, and the Acting Program at the National Theatre School.
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Video from the Spring 2015 production of ‘Outside’ featuring G. Kyle Shields, Younness Aladdin, and Mina James by John Packman – johnpackman.com, Video by Endless Films