Sunday, June 24th
7:30pm - 9:00pm
$5, plus small fee if you buy online, $8 at the door
as part of the Benevolent Media Festival,
a celebration of storytelling and design for good
"Please Don't Beat Me Up: Stories and Artifacts from Adolescence" is a one-hour solo show, performed by Adam Ruben, that features true stories about embarrassment suffered during adolescence, including a fourth-grade class election gone awry, a stuffed animal smuggled into summer camp, and a relay race during Fifth Grade Field Day that was never meant to be. The stories are interspersed with readings from readings from old diaries, video clips, and a manifesto of self-pity written while sitting at home dateless during tenth-grade Homecoming.
The show, which is primarily a comedy, aims to address bullying in a realistic fashion. It concludes with a discussion of the flaws in the anti-bullying advice often given by well-meaning teachers and parents and an exploration of the show's central issue: If "Be yourself" is such good advice for kids, why doesn't it work?
DC Arts Center
2438 18th St, NW
Metro: Woodley Pk and walk or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill stop by the FedEx. You can also take the 42 bus from Dupont to 18th & Columbia or the Circulator or walk from Columbia Heights.