If you’re a teenage girl the Facebook thing starts innocently enough with something like this: Hey… there’s this party tonight…and then a “hook-up” gone wrong, or a relationship request (and too much stress!!), an unwanted touch, pressure to get high, parents on your back, comments on your a$$, sexuality mixed-up, our friendship lost, a body not worth the cost…and it’s only 5:30! So, “Can you just Facebook me…?”
Facebook Me, the play, offers a thrilling inside look at the seamy underside of Facebook through the eyes of teenage girls. Currently being performed at the 15th Annual New York International Fringe Festival through August 28, the show is the latest creative work developed and produced by The Arts Effect Theatre Company. Performed by a troupe of 10 girls, ages 13 to 15, and guided by co-directors Katie Cappiello and Meg McInerney, the play was cobbled together from the girls’ journal entries, writing exercises, discussions and conversation threads. The piece was conceived over the course of several months and work-shopped weekly since September 2010.
Fair warning for parents: Be prepared for a wild ride and antics that you never thought your daughter would participate in ranging from posting sexed up profile pictures that are beyond recognition and salacious status updates, to not-so-subtle cyber-bullying.