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Local theater company takes on social issues, cyberbullying in performances

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) –  Preparing the props, setting the stage, and sharing a story with a lesson.  

The Looking for Lilith Theatre Company is celebrating its 15th anniversary at the "Unheard Outloud" festival at the Clifton Center. The company's performances explore social issues.

“There are voices in our society who aren't heard very frequently and deserve to be heard and those are important stories that need to be told,” said Jennifer Thalman Kepler, co-artistic director for Looking for Lilith Theatre Company.

One of those issues is cyberbullying.

Looking for Lilith was commissioned by the Make a Difference for Kids organization, which was started by family members whose daughters died from suicide after being bullied online.

“They knew we had some styles of theater and techniques that would help students unpack these issues in a theatrical way,” Thalman Kepler said.

The interactive play, called “Choices” gives the student audience the opportunity to stop the suicide and choose other options that will change the outcome in a world of 24-7 bullying.

“That's one of the things that makes cyberbullying so terrifying is there is just no escape. It's like with you all the time and if you don't use your phone you also are cut off from your support system,” Thalman Kepler said.  

The performance has been shown in middle and high schools throughout Jefferson county. The ArtsMatch program with Fund for the Arts allows them to share the message to surrounding counties.

“So folks go online, they chip in ten bucks. Ten  dollars is matched so it's actually 20 dollars that goes to the organization,” said Eric Gurevich, with Fund for the Arts.

That type of funding helps spread an important message that otherwise might not be heard.

“They get to ask the students, how do you feel about this, what does this mean to you. And it's just a way to explore this concept that otherwise you couldn't do without the arts,” Gurevich said.

The last day of the Unheard Outloud festival is Sunday. Looking for Lilith is also starting to book performances for the fall. For more information click here.

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