Dylan Thomas

Battling bullying from the stage


STEVENS SQUARE —Youth Performance Company reprises its original production, “MEAN,” this month, with 18-year-old Ramon Arroyo in the role of Danny, a high school student who harasses a gay classmate, Nick, because of his sexual orientation.

Arroyo was thrilled to land a role in the play about bullying, but he felt awkward about playing Danny. The Washburn High School graduate has a brother who is gay, and growing up he often heard him being teased by other kids who called him “homo” and “queer.”

“At first, I thought, man, I’m disrespecting my brother,” he said.


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