by Paul Dunn
January - February 2021
School performances include a talk-back session with the artists.
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Outside is the story of Daniel, a teen who triumphs over homophobic bullying, depression and suicide.
At his new school he shares his story at a meeting of the Gay Straight Alliance.
Meanwhile, at his old school, struggling to come to terms with what happened, his friends Krystina and Jeremy attempt to start their own GSA.
Through flashbacks, we travel through Daniel’s harrowing experience with bullying that began with a taunt and a text message and eventually led to a serious physical assault.
Three friends, two high schools, one lunch hour.
Curriculum Connections: Social Sciences & Humanities, Health and Physical Education, Drama, Equity and Inclusive Education
Themes: Homophobia, Mental Health/Teen Suicide, Cyberbullying, Gay-Straight Alliances
Nominated for two 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Awards:
Outstanding New Play – Paul Dunn
Outstanding Performance – G. Kyle Shields
Previous productions have been directed by Andrew Lamb, costumes designed by Lindsay C. Walker, set designed by Michael Greves, lighting design by Michele Ramsey and sound designed by Verne Good.
Video from the Spring 2015 production of Outside featuring G. Kyle Shields, Younness Aladdin, and Mina James by Endless Films.
Photography from the Spring 2015 production of Outside featuring G. Kyle Shields, Younness Aladdin, and Mina James by John Packman.
Illustration by Claudia Dávila.