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Growing Up Gay, Anti-Bullying World Premiere Play

Boston Children's Theatre Presents 'Reflections of a Rock Lobster'; Based on a True Story About a Bullied High School Student Who Sued His School for the Right to Escort His Boyfriend to the Prom - and Won; Public Performances March 3 - 11 (February 15, 2012)

BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/15/12 -- Bullied, ridiculed, misunderstood and gay. This was the life of Cumberland, Rhode Island high school student Aaron Fricke, a teenager whose unprecedented civil actions forever changed the lives of gay and lesbian students.

Boston Children's Theatre (BCT) is proud to be the first children's theater in the country to produce the World Premiere play REFLECTIONS OF A ROCK LOBSTER about a gay teenager and his fight to defend his life and preserve his civil rights in the wake of bullying, prejudice and intolerance. Based on the true story of Aaron Fricke, and adapted by BCT Executive Artistic Director Burgess Clark for the stage, REFLECTIONS OF A ROCK LOBSTER is a compelling and entertaining production about tolerance, understanding and acceptance.

The year is 1980 and Aaron is gay. Being gay makes Aaron different. With that stigma, he is subjected daily to violence and rejection -- leaving him feeling dejected and with thoughts of suicide. Rising from his despair, Aaron strikes back by suing his RI high school for the right to escort his boyfriend to the prom. By standing up for his personal and civil rights and for refusing to apologize for who he is, Aaron not only wins in court, but he also wins in the hearts and minds of his peers and his community. His strength and ultimate victory help pave the way for legions of gay and lesbian students.

Currently living in San Francisco, Fricke is working closely with BCT on the production. "I am thrilled that a new generation of young people is being introduced to my story," revealed Fricke. "To be honest, it's not really my story, it's everyone's story. I think everyone will be able to relate to what I experienced. The fact that bullying and prejudice still exist today in our society, makes this play even more relevant and powerful."

An important chapter of civil rights history, REFLECTIONS OF A ROCK LOBSTER is told with humor and great sensitivity. "As one of the America's oldest children's theatres, Boston's Children's Theatre is extraordinarily proud to lead the national charge for greater understanding, healing and harmony among today's youth," said Clark, who is directing. "By enlightening audiences with positive messages about tolerance and acceptance, we hope to encourage families to talk more openly about the emotional and physical effects of bullying and how we can prevent it from happening in our communities."

REFLECTIONS OF A ROCK LOBSTER is already making a national impact. In support of this powerful new production, Academy Award winning actress Susan Sarandon said, "The largest challenge one can face is to lead an authentic life when to do so is to be isolated from our 'tribe,' your peers, especially at a time when that 'tribe' seems to be everything. To stand up takes great courage and it is important to celebrate such courage."

REFLECTIONS OF A ROCK LOBSTER will be performed by teenagers together with adult actors. Performances are in the Wimberly Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street, Boston, MA on March 3 - 11. Tickets are $35.00. Visit or call 617-424-6634, x222 for tickets and information. Weekday performances for school groups also available. REFLECTIONS OF A ROCK LOBSTER contains mature subject matter and content. BCT recommends parental discretion.

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Boston Children's Theatre
For 60 years, BCT has served as one of the regions premier not-for-profit theaters. Our mission is to provide live theatre opportunities dedicated to fostering the educational and artistic development of children throughout the greater Boston area. Programs at BCT provide a unique chance for self-discovery and individual expression in a supportive and productive environment. At BCT, talented and motivated students gather from across traditional boundaries and nationalities to learn about themselves, each other and the world as they create some of the finest theatrical productions in New England.

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