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CLIMB Theatre to perform at Silver Lake Intermediate

Three CLIMB Theatre actors will be visiting Silver Lake Intermediate on Friday February 1st to perform Social Security. No, this isn’t a play about cutting entitlements. This is a play about kids cutting into each other.

Social Security is a play that deals with gossip, cliques, and exclusion. These are common social issues faced by middle school students. By watching Social Security students will be challenged to identify the function of cliques, to show the unseen consequences of gossip and other exclusion behavior, and to explore the motivation behind exclusionary behavior.

About the Play

Social Security
Japhet and Stephen have been best friends since childhood and have done practically everything together, including being "uncool." But when Japhet is chosen as a starter for their school's football team, his popularity mysteriously increases. Even Tanesha, who has never said a word to him before, starts to talk to Japhet on the bus. Japhet only has to sacrifice one thing to be popular: his friendship with Stephen. Throughout the course of the play, Japhet experiences the good and bad attributes of cliques as he and Stephen grow further apart. When he is asked to betray Stephen, which friends will he stick by?

About CLIMB Theatre
CLIMB Theatre: Effective Education. Exceptional Entertainment.
CLIMB Theatre is in its 38th year as a Minnesota 501(c)3 non-profit. Each year, CLIMB brings our plays and classes to over 400 schools throughout MN, IA, ND, SD and WI. We reach approximately 200,000 students annually. In 2009, AATE awarded CLIMB its prestigious Sara Spencer Artistic Achievement Award. AATE is a national association existing “to promote standards of excellence in theatre and theatre education.” CLIMB’s mission is to create and perform plays, classes and other works that inspire and propel people, especially young people, toward actions that benefit themselves, each other, and their communities.” Read more about CLIMB Theatre at

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