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Stephen David Hurley
Cease & Desist–A Reality Drama
One speech. Twenty Million Viewers. Who will you choose?
What happens when a reality show becomes all too real, and contestants are allowed to harm each other and have sex for all the world to see? Welcome to the brave new world of “reality-drama,” the next generation of live, interactive entertainment. Cease de Menich, a sixteen year old actress from New York City is overjoyed to be cast in the show, only to find the producers will be using the dark secrets of her personal life to share with the world. But she’s inherited a gift that helps her survive attempted rapes, and beatings; to share a secret with the world about what it takes to be a young person today. Cease & Desist is a dark, contemporary, psychological YA thriller with a supernatural twist.
Just think The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor.
Stephen David Hurley has crafted a suspenseful thriller that also contains a vital message about fame, the sexualization of teens, violence as entertainment, and mental illness. His experience as a professional actor and teacher were vital in helping create a story about the pressure young people face, and has gotten the attention of adults who need help in raising their kids in a date-rape culture. Casey Childs, the founder of Primary Stages in NYC and director of the Young and the Restless was one of the first to recognize Hurley’s gift for creating realistic characters in a dramatic setting. “What I liked about Cease de Menich as a character was how she broke the mold of most preachy YA books. She’s hardly the innocent engenue. She’s done some really bad things, and is the most seductively unreliable narrator I’ve ever encountered.”
Hurley teaches and coaches at independent schools in San Francisco and blogs about fiction, faith, and young people. His recent articles about teen suicide, date rape, and how fiction can help parents and their kids share on these issues have been “staff-picked” by the editors at Medium, Tremr, and Abernathy.