Lyle Cogen's Sticks and Stones One Woman Show to Play Theatre Row at United Solo Theatre Festival Nov. 1
Sticks and Stones, the musical play about bullying behavior written and performed by award-winning artist and anti-bullying activist Lyle Cogen will be featured at the United Solo Theatre Festival at Theatre Row, 410 W. 42ndStreet on November 1 at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased atwww.telecharge.com, 212-239-6200 or at the Theatre Row box office. The United Solo Theatre Festival is the world's largest solo theater festival that explores and celebrates the uniqueness of the individual.
Sticks and Stones stars Ms.Cogen in a one-woman multi-media performance about bullying behavior and how to defuse and prevent it that simultaneously entertains, empowers and educates . In the play directed by Stephanie Turner, Ms. Cogen uses theater as a lens to explore the social issue, portraying multiple characters that explore the roles of bully, bystander and victim and provide a forum for the audience to discover and critique the inherent roles that lie within each of us.
Through the use of music, poetry and video-production, the story unfolds about peer pressure, cyber-bullying and manipulation. The play features two main characters -- brother and sister -- who reflect two different versions of conflict, and search for resolution through themselves, their peers and the adults in their lives.
Commissioned by The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts with a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Ms. Cogen has performed Sticks and Stones before thousands of children at theaters and schools all over the country, making her a front-line advocate in the movement to eradicate bullying.
"I am honored and beyond thrilled that Sticks and Stones will be featured at the United Solo Theatre Festival," says Ms. Cogen. "There is no better way to bring the subject of bullying and meanness out in the open than by sharing the experience of music and theater," she adds. "Through music and theater, we create an environment in which we can have these discussions and this festival offers an optimal vehicle to share these messages."
To further extend the reach of her show's powerful anti-bullying messages, Ms.Cogen recently released songs from Sticks and Stones on CD. Entitled Bully, Bullied, Bystander, Which One Are You? The CD received the prestigious Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children's Products Award 2013 for the 10 Best Socially Responsible Products and the Parent's Choice Gold Award this past spring. Released under her indie Malzac Music label, the CD is available on Amazon and CD Baby.
This fall, Ms. Cogen is taking her Sticks and Stones one-woman musical show on tour once again to schools, theaters and conferences nationwide.