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What Remains and Other Plays

What Remains and Other Plays
Your Price: $37.95 CDN
Author: Max Bush
Publisher: Dramatic Publishing
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 527
Pub. Date: 2016
ISBN-10: 1619590875
ISBN-13: 9781619590878

About the Play:

What Remains and Other Plays for High-School and Youth Theatre is a collection of eight full-length dramas written about teenagers for teenage actors by Max Bush. This collection captures teens' archetypal search for identity and purpose in the context of engaging with the world around them. He does so with an inventive dramaturgy that makes these plays both objects and vehicles for the student actors' meaningful explorations. Funny and real, the characters who populate this collection appeal to high-school actors because students recognize themselves in the characters. Commissioning directors and teachers provide insights into the plays and their productions in introductions that accompany each piece.

Sarah is a vulnerable, dreamy and creative teen who talks to a spirit in her room as well as her dead sister, paints a butterfly on her face for springtime, and goes on a date with her sister's old boyfriend who appreciates her weirdness. (7 women, 4 men)

Wildboy: During a backyard football game with his kid brother, 15-year-old Jamie starts recalling fragments of the dream he had the night before. While his mother and sister try to interpret the dream, the characters of his dream appear and stalk him. (Cast: 7-8 women, 5-6 men)

Voices From the Shore: Anxiety-ridden Joel begins to hear voices and is admitted into an adolescent psychiatric hospital. There Joel meets other young people who are also struggling with who they are and their changing worlds. As each character in the play seeks to clarify their future, they prepare to say goodbye to their familiar lives and hello to a world of new opportunities. (Cast: 8 women, 6 men, all are 17 to 18 years old)

Kara in Black: When Kara's sister joins the Army and leaves for Kuwait, Kara begins to oppose the war itself. (Cast: 13 women, 7 to 9 men, fifteen are between the ages of 16 and 19)

From Every Mountainside: Two students struggling with isolation, pain, cultural differences, fear and prejudices begin to see life in a new way as they work together on civil rights issues (Cast: 7 women, 4 men, all but one are 17 to 19 years old)

Looking Out: A group of teenagers are forced to make decisions dealing with school, money, and relationships that will affect their future and the future of those around them. They also learn a lesson on racial profiling while trying to find their way in society. (Cast: 6 women)

The Three Musketeers is the dramatic tale of D'artagnan moving to Paris and meeting the famous musketeers and the infamous forces of the Cardinal. Adventure, action, romance, and comedy in seventeenth century France. Especially conceived for younger audiences, this script, nonetheless, follows d'Artagnan's grand adventure in the tone, character and style of the original. (Cast: 4 women, 10 men, many small roles and extras possible)

What Remains: Maggie, a talented young artist just a couple of months away from graduating high school, finds herself agonizing over serious life decisions. Cliona, a 69-year-old woman hires Maggie to sort through the objects of her life. An unlikely friendship blossoms as they each help the other discover something about themselves they never would have found on their own. (Cast: 2 women, 9 men)

About the Playwright:

Max Bush is an American playwright and director whose plays are widely produced on professional, educational and amateur stages across the US and abroad, especially in Canada. He has won many awards for his work including the highest prize for children's playwriting, the Charlotte Chorpenning Cup, awarded by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education for his significant body of work for young audiences.