Max Posner and Sam Alper in "punkplay," Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (2008). Set & Photo: Sara Ossana
Full-Length Play (75-90 minutes)
1f, 3m, 2 either (1-3f, 3-5m)
A history of America in the 1980s, an idiosyncratic genealogy of punk rock music, and a personal narrative of growing up as an outsider, punkplay is a mix tape tribute to the excesses and energy of adolescence. Mickey, a thirteen-year-old suburban misfit, is befriended by an angry runaway named Duck. Together, the boys attempt to reinvent themselves using punk rock, but as reality threatens to crash in on them, their fabricated world of amped-up music and shocking band names becomes just as oppressive as the society they're desperate to reject.
SET: Single set.
NOTES: Adult language and content
"In staccato scenes inspired by punk anthems, Moss captures the clammy intensity of adolescent bonding: arousal by contraband porn; battles over band names; preening in search of authenticity... [It's] political satire meets Pee-wee's Playhouse." —Jacob Gallagher-Ross, Village Voice