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Admissions

Admissions
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Joshua Harmon
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
Pub. Date: 2019
ISBN-10: 0573707480
ISBN-13: 9780573707483
Cast Size: 3 women, 2 men

About the Play:

Admissions is a full-length drama by Joshua Harmon. Sherri is Head of Admissions at an exclusive college prep school, a liberal who is fighting to diversify the student intake. When her son is deferred from his university of choice, and his best friend – who 'ticks more boxes' – is accepted, her personal ambition collides with her progressive values and she is forced to make a choice between her beliefs and what's best for her son. Piercing and provocative, Admissions dares to question whether the race to the top is ever simply black and white.

Admissions explodes the ideals and contradictions of liberal white America. Meet Bill and Sherri Mason, the headmaster and head of admissions respectively of Hillcrest, a second-tier New Hampshire boarding school. When this very liberal, very progressive couple arrived 15 years ago, the student population at Hillcrest was 94 percent white. Deeply committed to diversity, Sherri has boosted the number of students of colour from six to 18 percent, a figure she still considers embarrassingly low. However, Bill and Sherri's dedication to diversity is put to the test when their son Charlie, an outstanding Hillcrest student who has dreamed of attending Yale since he was a child, learns his application has been deferred. Complicating matters, Charlie's classmate and best friend Perry, whose father is African-American, has been admitted to Yale even though his academic and extracurricular achievements are nowhere near Charlie's. Convinced that Yale based its decisions on race, Charlie claims to be a victim of reverse discrimination. And as their son lashes out, Sherri and Bill are forced to examine just how far their commitment to diversity goes. Are they true disciples? Or total hypocrites. What ensues is a no-holds-barred look at privilege, power, and the perils of hypocrisy.

Admissions premiered in 2018 at the Lincoln Center in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater off-Broadway in New York City, where it was awarded the 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play, and the 2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. Since then it has become one of the most frequently produced plays in the world, enjoying regional premieres at professional theatres across the US, transferred to Trafalgar Studios in London's West End, and has been mounted by colleges and community theatres.

Cast: 3 women, 2 men

What people say:

"Astonishing and daring. An extraordinarily useful and excruciating satire – of the left, by the left, for the left – for today." — The New York Times

"The nuanced and competing truths in this 90-minute play are like a first act that dares its spectators to create a second out of post-show conversations." — Time Out New York

"A smart, hilarious and provocative drama." — The Hollywood Reporter

"The smartest, bravest play the West End has seen in ages." — Spectator (London)

"Shockingly insightful and outrageously hilarious satire about class, race and the increasingly unbridgeable American cultural divide." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Bold. Brilliant." — The Daily Telegraph (London)

"A blistering, disturbingly apt critique of how white supremacist ideas blight the white liberal elite." — Chicago Reader

"Masterful. Expertly crafted. An absorbing drama and a prod to self-examination." — Miami Herald

About the Playwright:

Joshua Harmon is an American poet, novelist, short story writer, and essayist. A graduate of Juilliard, his work has been produced and developed by Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC), Williamstown Theatre Festival, Hangar Theatre, Ars Nova, and Actor's Express, where he was the 2010-2011 National New Play Network Playwright-in-Residence. He has received fellowships from MacDowell, Atlantic Center for the Arts, SPACE at Ryder Farm, and the Eudora Welty Foundation.