New Plays from A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory Volume III
A BIRD OF PREY by Jim Grimsley: When Monty’s family moves from Louisiana to a large city in Southern California, he and his siblings encounter a dangerous landscape where cruelty thrives among their peers, offering little comfort from their abusive home life. This gripping drama embraces the good and evil young people face alone in their lives. ANALIESE by Lynne Alvarez: Two teens living in 19th-century Denmark are separated when the boy, Christian, mysteriously departs with Nina, an exotic older woman. The girl, Analiese, fearing Christian may be in danger, begins to search for him in a small boat, her only traveling companion being a small insightful Toucan. Alvarez reveals a world that is boldly theatrical and classically intelligent. SECOND CLASS by Brad Slaight: Scott is a cyberspace Cyrano, Maggie and Herm communicate only through prerecorded tapes played on boom-boxes, and Andrew is tormented by his peers because of his scars. These, and other teens, are part of a troupe of students experiencing the travails of out-of-class encounters in high school. Adding to the tapestry of his successful Class Action, Slaight digs further into the extraordinary world of today’s youth. WHEN THEY SPEAK OF RITA by Daisy Foote: Rita Potter is trapped in a dull existence in rural New Hampshire. To make up for her seeming failure, Rita pushes her son and his girlfriend to reach for more than she did. When her efforts are all met with resistance, Rita makes drastic changes in her life, changes that prove disasterous. Daisy Foote offers a story where the young people are more capable than the adults to boldly face the world with responsibility.