Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

December 6, 2004

Dec. 12 Theatre Performance Promotes Diversity, Tolerance among Children


School-age children throughout the United States are increasingly becoming targets or perpetrators of acts of bigotry and harassment. To address these issues, Whitworth theatre students will perform "Cootie Shots: Theatrical inoculations against bigotry for kids, parents and teachers" on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. in Stage II of Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth College. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3707.

Written by Norma Bowles and Mark E. Rosenthal, and directed by Whitworth adjunct faculty member and 1999 alumna Brooke Kiener, "Cootie Shots" is a series of sketches that encourage diversity and tolerance through portrayals of people representing various races, classes, genders, religions, ages and appearances. The performance is intended for children ages 8-11, but people of all ages are welcome.

In addition to the December performance, Whitworth actors will perform "Cootie Shots" this spring at Spokane School District 81 elementary schools, and Kiener and the actors will host discussions after each show. To schedule a performance, please e-mail Brooke Kiener at bkiener@whitworth.edu.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Brooke Kiener, adjunct faculty member, Whitworth College, bkiener@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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