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The Play

“Hello Herman” was written by John Buffalo Mailer in response to the Columbine School Massacre. John was, and continues to be, amazed by the increasing amount of violence happening in our schools and he wanted to express his feeling and concerns using art and theater. The play has been performed in theaters across the country and has recently been made into a movie, “Hello Herman”, starring Norman Reedus and Garrett Backstrom.  The play follows a normal, middle-class kid, Herman, as he is continually bullied and abused until he feels his only option is extreme violence against all of his aggressors and others who,subtly and not so subtly,allowed the bullying to continue. After he wipes out a number of people at his school, he contacts a reporter, Lax Morales, so he can tell his story on TV before he is executed for his crimes. Lax has a terrible past of his own and is haunted by Herman’s story as he relives his own terrible history.  We hope that the play helps provide a context for all of us to raise the dialogue around ending bullying.