A one-act play for kids (or teens) written with sensitivity, wit, imagination and intelligence? No way! Well, yes way, actually. The play centers on Ruth, an average girl, having a pretty average amount of trouble in school, who finds a pretty un-average solution. Read the play for details, but suffice it to say that any story that trots out Geronimo, Grover Cleveland and an assortment of pre-teens is working off the beaten path.
It would be enough to ask of a play for young audiences that it be entertaining and have some kind of moral message, but Julie Tosh has taken it to the next level. Not one to underestimate an audience, however young, she delves into surprising moral complexity as Ruth struggles to figure out just what her parents' constant advice:
Do the right thing, really means.
If you're a teacher in search of a play, pick this one up. Heck, even if you're not, pick it up. It just may surprise you. It surprised me.
Cast: 3 Men/3 Women/3 Girls/1 Boy with room for doubling or adding extras.
Scenes/Monologues: Scenes for young people both with and without adults abound.
Recommended by: Max