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Hello Herman posterVideo games, violent movies, Marilyn Manson, the Internet, Prozac, or fame? What moves a teenager to cross the line and become a high school shooter?

The Performing Arts department at Glendale Community College presents “Hello Herman,” March 29-30 and April 4-6 in the Performing Arts Center.

This play contains strong language and mature themes; it is not recommended for an audience younger than 14 years old.

The Story: Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Lax Morales is looking for a follow-up to his groundbreaking undercover piece on white supremacists. Although his video blog has an unprecedented online following among teens, Lax has been written off as Internet trash by the elite of the publishing world. He needs a big story and he knows it. After killing thirty-nine students and three teachers in a suburban Iowa school, sixteen-year-old Herman Howards takes the time to email video clips of the incident to his idol, Lax. He adds one line to the clips: “I want to tell my story on your show.” The public pushes for Herman’s televised execution as Lax conducts three days of interviews, using every tool at his disposal to discover what drives the current poster-boy for evil. “Hello Herman” is a mind-blowing examination of how tragic events like Columbine and Virginia Tech continue to happen in our country. No stone is left unturned as Lax searches for an answer to the question everyone’s been asking but no one has been able to find: Why?

Performance dates:
7:30 p.m., March 29-30 and April 5-6
2:30 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m., April 4

A 30-minute Talkback Forum will follow each performance to allow audience members to discuss questions. Experts from the community will facilitate discussion topics including racism, bullying, violence, society pressure, media influence, teens in crisis and other issues addressed in the play.

Admission:

Students, faculty and staff: $5
General Admission: $8
Purchase tickets online: bit.ly/HelloHermanTickets  (link works best in Firefox or Internet Explorer)

Learn more this play at http://www.thehellohermanproject.com/play/.

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