Coercion Presented By Prt

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In this day and age of anti-bullying programs and awareness, why does bullying still happen? And what can we do when forces greater than ourselves prevent us from doing anything about it?

Playwrights' Round Table opens its newest full-length play premiere, Coercion, by Florida playwright Louise Wigglesworth, beginning March 20th at the Mandell Theatre in the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. The play confronts the scourge of bullying in schools, but also examines how easy it is for our society to look the other way when it happens.

In the play -- based partly on an actual case -- Principal Steve Roland struggles with his conscience and his duty as his school begins to unravel when three of his students, responding to the bullying and bigotry they see in their school and their community, stage a peaceful protest the day after a brutal murder is committed by some of their fellow students. Will he be able to maintain his commitment to rules above all, or will he do the right thing? And can he keep his students safe as the situation spirals out of control?

This hard hitting story of bigotry, bullying, and the strength to rise above it will be making its debut at the Mandell Theater at the Orlando Shakespeare Center, March 20th-22nd and 27th-29th, with Friday and Saturday shows at 8M, and Sunday matinees at 3PM. There will be a talkback with the playwright and cast on opening night after the performance. ASL interpretation will be available for the March 20th and 28th performances.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 PRT members, students, Seniors 65+, military w/ID. Cash and credit sales via Square at door; pre-order online purchases available at

For seating reservations or more information, call (407) 761-2683.

Thank you to our sponsors:
Zebra Coalition
The Meehle Law Firm
Real Property Management & Realty, Inc. (

Starring Jedonn Bell, BeeJay Aubertin Clinton, Buddy Fales, Kendra Musselle, Babetta Popoff, David Strauss, Russell Trahan and Winona Wiley.

Directed by Steve Austin. Stage management by Hannah Sperling.
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