Three CLIMB Theatre actors visited Central Middle School on Tuesday, Jan. 22 to perform Social Security. No, this wasn’t a play about cutting entitlements. This was a play about kids cutting into each other.
Social Security is a play that deals with gossip, cliques, and exclusion. These are common social issues faced by middle school students. By watching Social Security students were challenged to identify the function of cliques, to show the unseen consequences of gossip and other exclusion behavior, and to explore the motivation behind exclusionary behavior.
About the Play
Japhet and Stephen have been best friends since childhood and have done practically everything together, including being “uncool.” But when Japhet is chosen as a starter for their school’s football team, his popularity mysteriously increases. Even Tanesha, who has never said a word to him before, starts to talk to Japhet on the bus.
Japhet only has to sacrifice one thing to be popular: his friendship with Stephen. Throughout the course of the play, Japhet experiences the good and bad attributes of cliques as he and Stephen grow further apart. When he is asked to betray Stephen, which friends will he stick by?
About CLIMB Theatre
CLIMB Theatre strives for “Effective Education. Exceptional Entertainment.”
CLIMB Theatre is in its 38th year as a Minnesota 501(c)3 non-profit. Each year, CLIMB brings its plays and classes to over 400 schools throughout the five-state area, reaching approximately 200,000 students annually.
In 2009, AATE awarded CLIMB its prestigious Sara Spencer Artistic Achievement Award. AATE is a national association existing “to promote standards of excellence in theatre and theatre education.”
CLIMB’s mission is to create and perform plays, classes and other works that inspire and propel people, especially young people, toward actions that benefit themselves, each other, and their communities.”
Find out more about CLIMB Theatre at www.climb.org.
This activity was made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State’s general fund and its arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.