Based on the 2008 murder of young Lawrence King, Valentine concerns the story of two teenage boys trying to find their identities in a confusing world. Dylan, questioning both his gender and sexual orientation, uses his self-proclaimed status as a "freak" to keep his bullies at bay. Jonathan, dealing with a broken, violent home, struggles to stay under the radar and protected from further pain and embarrassment. Although practically strangers, a chance meeting one day at the school bus stop creates a connection between the two boys. When Dylan perceives the encounter as a romantic overture, the growing odds against both children lead to disastrous and violent results. Valentine explores the nature of human connection, the role of bullying in public schools, and the responsibility of adults and institutions in navigating the new terrain of sexual and gender politics that has emerged in the public education system.
133rd Street Arts Center (View)
308 West 133rd Street
New York, NY 10027
|Minimum Age: 10|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|