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Crossin' the Line

Crossin' the Line
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Author: Phil Bosakowski
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 36
Pub. Date: 1988
ISBN-10: 0822202549
ISBN-13: 9780822202547
Cast Size: 3 female, 5 male (several roles may be doubled)

About the Play:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

Crossin' the Line is a one-act drama by Phil Bosakowski. This eloquent, powerful play deals with a subject of great pertinence to contemporary experience: teenage drinking and driving, and the tragedies which can result. A story of love and revenge set against a very real world of mitigating circumstances and equal protection under the law, Crossin' the Line draws attention to the rights of victims and their families as well as those of the accused.

In Crossin' the Line, Kara, a small-town girl with an impeccable reputation and a brilliant future in prospect, takes a summer joy ride with Hayden, her brother's best friend. But Hayden loses control of the car, Kara is fatally injured, and beer cans are found in the car. Distraught, and convinced that his sister's reputation is being smeared, her brother, Mitch, demands vengeance from a legal system he's flaunted all his life. When Hayden's lawyer negotiates a better sentence for him than Mitch deems proper, he loses control. After an angry confrontation with the lawyer, Mitch stumbles to Hayden's apartment and, in a drunken rage, shoots Hayden dead – thereby compounding the series of tragic events which, ironically, were set in motion when Kara apparently caused her own death by grabbing the steering wheel of the speeding car.

Commissioned by the Delaware Bar Association, Crossin' the Line was first produced in 1987 by the Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, Delaware, and subsequently presented Off-Broadway in 1989 at the Lamb's Little Theater in New York City.

Cast: 3 female, 5 male (several roles may be doubled)

What people say:

"The writing is straight to the point and never lapses into sermonizing Crossin' the Line should find a home in school drama clubs and church theaters." — The New York Times

"... in-depth handling of character." — New York Daily News

"Bold compelling skillfully written." — Wilmington News Journal

About the Playwright:

Phil Bosakowski (1946-1994) was an American teacher and playwright whose works have been performed in theatres throughout America. He received both a BA in English and an MA in Theater from Villanova University, and later earned an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Iowa. His plays included Crossin' the Line and Chopin in Space. He also wrote for radio, television and film. He taught at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut and had been a visiting artist at Dartmouth College and Princeton and Wesleyan universities.