p. MICHAEL PERLMAN c. broken nose theatre
JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2014 @ GREENHOUSE THEATRE CENTER
Dennis has just won an Academy Award for his film, White Plains, about a gay teenager who takes his own life after being bullied relentlessly by his high school classmates. In his acceptance speech, Dennis dedicates the award to his late friend Mitchell, whose story the film was based on, before calling out Ethan Rice, the bully whose action Dennis firmly believes led his friend's suicide. Like millions of other people that night, the now-grown Ethan is at home watching the speech live on TV, and he soon realizes that Dennis has made him the face of intolerance in the middle of a worldwide anti-bullying campaign. As Dennis and Ethan engage in an internet feud that quickly spirals out of control, they find themselves entrenched in a media firestorm that changes not only their lives but the lives of those closest to them.