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Analyzing the Bully

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Analyzing the Bully

By blank slate theatre

Written by Memebers of blank slate theatre

Just what is going on in the brain of a bully? Observe our scientist's assessment, findings, and treatment plan for a real-life, flesh & blood bully (gasp!). Further scientific recommendations given for eliminating all bullies from planet earth.

Something different

Comedy Satire

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12 and up

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Just what is going on inside the brain of a bully? Join Dr. Harrison, Dr. Bruntsworth, and Dr. Lincoln as they present their assessment, findings, and treatment plan for a real-life, actual, flesh and blood bully (gasp!). Further scientific recommendations for eliminating all bullies from planet earth will be given in this underground presentation.

What audiences and critics are saying about Analyzing the Bully...

"Analyzing the Bully is the first work I've seen to show the bully's side of the story, tackling issues that are rarely discussed in our schools or media." - Twin Cities Daily Planet

"... meticulously researched..." - Twin Cities Daily Planet

"Thought-provoking... and challenging... the actors are superb." - Wendy Frieze, Audience Member

"Thankfully, director Adam Arnold and his teen actors have gotten beyond the hype with what promises to be yet another intriguing blank slate theatre company-created play." - Lavender Magazine

Analyzing the Bully is produced in collaboration with Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis.

For more information on blank slate theatre, please visit our website: www.blankslatetheatre.com

Cast + crew

Adam Arnold
Role: Director
Adam Arnold is Founder and Executive Artistic Director of blank slate theatre. For more information on blank slate theatre, please visit the website: www.blankslatetheatre.com

Performance credits include Bloomington Civic Theatre, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, College Light Opera Company (Cape Cod, MA), Heritage Theatre, The Phipps Center (Hudson, WI), Savage Umbrella Theater, and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Adam has directed and taught with Boston Ballet, Sabes Jewish Community Center, Talmud Torah School, St. Paul Jewish Community Center, Stages Theatre Company, Lex Ham Community Theatre, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Beth El Synagogue, Prior Lake High School, and McNally Smith College of Music.

Adam is also a licensed psychotherapist practicing in Lowertown Saint Paul, working with individuals and families. He holds a Master of Arts in Counseling & Psychotherapy from Adler Graduate School, and an Addiction Studies Certificate from the University of Minnesota. He is on the Advisory Council for the Interfaith Childrens' Advocacy Network, and is a member of LGBT Therapists Network, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy as well as the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

For more information on Adam's private counseling practice, please visit his website: www.adamwarnold.com

Shawn Michael Chromey-Daniels
Role: Dr. Bruntsworth, Nathan, James
Shawn Chromey-Daniels is going to be a senior this year at High School for Recording Arts. Shawn has performed at Childrens Theatre Company (CUBBINS, WRINKLE IN TIME), SteppingStone Theatre (HANUMAN, ALMOST TO FREEDOM), Youth Performance Company (MEAN), Anoka Theatre (WEST SIDE STORY), and Stages (HOLES). He has also produced and directed his own productions that have been seen all over town. He is very excited about this production with blank slate theatre as it is his first production with them!

Taylor Hall
Role: Dr. Harrison, Courtney, Ronnie
Taylor started doing theatre at the age of 7, at Rosetown Playhouse. In the past she has performed at Cross Community Players, Steppingstone Theatre, Youth Shakespeare Company, and blank slate theatre. She has also done musicals at Chippewa Middle School, and shows at Saint Paul Conservatory for Preforming Artists.

Besides theatre, Taylor enjoys stories, pink things, Shakespeare, tea shops, traveling, parks, baking, Disney princesses, bookstores, renaissance festivals, and musicals.

Taylor is 16 years of age, and going to be a Junior at SPCPA.

Thomas Hedland
Role: Thomas
Thomas Hedlund is thrilled to be a part of his first blank slate theatre production. He is a founding member of These Friends of Mine Theatre Co. and has performed their productions of OTHELLO ("Iago"), TARTUFFE ("Tartuffe"), THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST ("Merriman") and LEARNING TO FLY ("John"). Past roles include "Chubby Waters" in BROADWAY BOUND (Theatre Or), "Herbert" in PRAIRIE LIGHTS (Theatre Or), "H.C." in 110: IN THE SHADE (Wayzata High School Theatre) and an ensemble member in YOU ARE NOT PARIS (Stages Theatre Co.) Thomas is currently studying drama at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He would like to thank his family and friends for their continued love and support.

Stephanie Kahle
Role: Dr. Lincoln, Mrs. Webber, Adrianna
Stephanie is a busy 14 year old. She has been a part of many different shows and theater companies including a touring group in association with Children's Theater Company - FIDGETY FAIRY TALES - that she has been a part of for four years and counting. She has read the part of "Scout" in Theatre in the Round's reading of SWEET TRUTH. Stephanie has also done many community performances in her home town. During any free time she has, Stephanie enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, and playing competitive games of volleyball and softball.

Lizzy Potts
Role: Stage Manager
This is Lizzy Potts' fourth year of involvement in blank slate theatre productions, where she has been an actor, stage manager, assistant director, writer, and more. When she's not busy being far too involved with blank slate or making obscure references that few understand, she can most commonly be found reading, writing, or volunteering her time as an Aperture Science test subject. Lizzy Potts will be a freshman at Hamline University in September, where she will be studying secondary education and English.

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User reviews

Nicely done
by Dixie Treichel
Rating 4 stars
A young cast of actors and actresses tackle a big topic. I was glad to see them bringing into the theater. Good acting and overall production. The bare bulb center stage was on too long I think. It was distracting. I hope they re-work a few spots and tour with this show. It is a very important one.

Thought provoking.
by Laura Welsandt
Rating 4 stars
I had no idea what to expect with this show and was very pleasantly surprised. The actors did a great job of exploring the different things that can cause a bully to act out without excusing their actions and the harm they can cause.

Not What You Think
by Tom Kelly
Rating 5 stars
I caught this play tonight at one of my favorite small venues, the Gremlin Theatre. Having attended a number of other performances by Blank Slate, I went expecting an accomplished work and fine performances and that it was. What caught me by surprise was the widening of perspective that makes the stage such a special art. There was a surprising amount of humor in the production and something of a 'Sympathy For The Devil' attitude that challenges our immediate and righteous responses. It's to be challenged like this that I go to the theater! You've got one more chance to see it at 2:30 pm this coming Saturday.

Tom Kelly

Beat Me Up
by Thomas Von Hanks
Rating 4 stars
Bullies are Bad. See this!

Well Played
by Eric Wentling
Rating 4 stars
We saw that this show had a young cast and decided to see what they had to offer the Fringe. My wife and I were both pleasantly surprised to find it engaging and humorous with a serious undertone. I was expecting a preachy "no bully" campaign, but this was done very well and took a hard look at our current lack of success dealing with this issue. The actor who played the bully in this was fantastic and really got an emotional response from me. And I have to say, for an inexperienced cast, there were no flubbed lines or mistakes at all!

Must See
by Sergius OShaughnessey
Rating 5 stars
Thank You!

Other side of the coin
by Katonya Strickland
Rating 4 stars
The cast really got to the core of the bully and made you leave reevaluating a few things. They had a little bit of comedy that kept the audience engaged. A little bit more profanity than I cared for but still a show worth seeing.

Thought provoking!
by Chris Gennaula
Rating 4 stars
A young cast explores attitudes regarding bullies. Parents, bring your kids--this is the beginning of a great conversation with them!

Thank You
by Margarite Dante
Rating 5 stars
Thank you for this fantastic look at something everyone should be more aware of. Having gone thru extensive bullying as a child of the 70s, and even experiencing it in the workplace...well, thanks again. Everyone should see it.


Thursday, 8/28:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8/44:00 p.m.
Sunday, 8/510:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 8/78:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8/112:30 p.m.This performance is audio described


Gremlin Theatre venue information
2400 University Av W