WARSAW — “The Secret Life of Girls” is a live portrayal of the phenomenon of bullying in high school and how it affects the lives of all involved.

The play, described as an “honest and unflinching dramatization of teen-girl angst,” is based upon interviews with girls on the giving and receiving end of bullying. The play highlights the effects of cyber bullying, the facilitation of mean-spiriting behaviors through the use of cell phones text and instant messaging, email and chat rooms.

The production, sponsored by Partners for Prevention, is recommended for mothers and daughters. Organizers hope the production can start a conversation about such behavior and provide an opportunity to reveal the secrets and address the complexities which dominate the lives of many young women.

Bullying takes the form of gossiping, keeping secrets, using friendship as a weapon, name-calling, backbiting, clinging to cliques and manipulation. This leads to such dangerous behaviors as depression, cutting, eating disorders and premature sexuality.


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