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CATCH Fall Tour

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CATCH, inspired by real students & J.D. Salinger's  The Catcher in the Rye was written by professional actress, Ashley Shade.  After writing it for over a year, the play was submitted & selected by the International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) to be presented at their 2014 Annual Conference in San Diego, CA.  It was sponsored by in part by Sprigeo (, IBPA  (, and the F.A.S.T. Program of Morgan County in West Virginia.  This performance was it's west coast premiere, and it was very well received by professionals, parents, and students.  The wonderful feedback, endorsements, and support from prevention specialists and our sponsors pushed this project forward, into both a traveling production and a film.

The first school to see a performance of  CATCH was Berkeley Springs High School in Berkeley Springs, WV. There were 2 school performances, and a performance for the public that night.  The play sparked quite a conversation & debate between teachers, students, and administration, which is exactly what it was intended to do.

West Virginia Public Theatre was thrilled to harness the power of this project and begn a Fall 2017 Tour to select counties in West Virginia. 

The project included:

A word from the Playwright: 

"The challenge in this piece, as a writer, was to develop a script that speaks for the students and does not preach to them. There is plenty of research and prevention methods which are fantastic, but the worst thing we can do is shove it down the throats of students who are already desensitized to the conversation. I wanted to create a piece that changes what we think we already know, as well as the direction we are going to better our schools, students, faculty, and social media realms. There will be moments in this play that may be shocking, frustrating, and outrageous. I hope that through Carter and Tuckman's raw conversation, we as an audience can entertain new thoughts without necessarily accepting them as truth. Who is the bully? Who is the victim? What meaning do these labels bring? As a society, we are demanded by our youth to look at the individual stores and circumstances, listen to their words, and empower them as further adults. As students, we empower the adults and fellow students around us./ We must listen to each others' words. We must examine each story to find the truth at the root of it all. And we will. If we choose to look."  -Ashley Shade



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