Dallas Children’s Theater shows “it gets better”

In tomorrow’s edition, I have a review of the Dallas Children’s Theater’s production of The Secret Life of Girls, an hour-long drama about bullying among 14-year-old girls. Though the piece doesn’t directly address gay-bashing, it does show in stark and disturbingly realistic ways how the orbits of clique-ish girls form, and the dangers of it. (On opening night, Fort Worth Councilman Joel Burns participated in the talk-back that follows.)

The play, though, is only one part of a larger program at DCT, that continues this weekend at the Baker Idea Institute, which has as its theme “It Gets Better.” In addition to Girls, there will be a one-day teen summit on Saturday, (starting at 9:30 a.m. and running until 6:30 p.m.), as well as a staged reading of the play The Transition of Doodle Pequeno, pictured, which deals with gender identity issues. (You can read an interview with the playwright on TheaterJones.com, here.)

For more information on the summit, visit BakerIdea.org.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: Minnesota teens who committed suicide together may have been girlfriends

Paige Moravetz, left, and Haylee Fentress, both 14, committed suicide last weekend. Family members said the two may have been girlfriends and may have been bullied at school over their relationship.

Two 14-year-old girls in Marshall, Minn., have killed themselves together, becoming the latest in an ever-more-tragically long list of teens who were — or at least, are believed to have been — pushed to suicide by bullies. And relatives told NBC’s Today Show the two may have been girlfriends and may have faced further torment from classmates because of that.

Best friends Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz hanged themselves together following a slumber party last Saturday, April 16, at Haylee’s house. Both girls left suicide notes, but relatives said the notes gave no clear explanation for their actions.

Watch the Today Show report below.

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