by  JC Lee

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 3f

"Star student, sociopath or a little of each? That is the troublesome question raised in 'Luce,' a thoughtful, well-acted new play by J C Lee" - Charles Isherwood, New York Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

JC Lee's probing play about a suspicious teenager addresses issues of privilege, race, and trust. When a teacher makes an alarming discovery about Luce, an all-star high school student, Luce's parents are forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted years ago from a war-torn African country. Told primarily from the perspective of the adults, Luce also raises questions about the roles that parents and teachers play in the lives of these teenage students. 
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"Star student, sociopath or a little of each? That is the troublesome question raised in 'Luce,' a thoughtful, well-acted new play by J C Lee" - Charles Isherwood, New York Times 

"...the strength of this debut play by JC ambiguity. The story really resides in shadows." - Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News 

"Lee neatly sketches the pressure-filled world of high-achieving teens—especially ones toting extra racial baggage. By restricting the story to the adults’ perspective, cagey, inscrutable Luce does start to seem less like a normal, rebelling teen than something more pathological." - David Cote, Time Out New York

Since Facebook is name-checked in at least two major scenes, it seems only fitting to conclude that Luce gets a 'Like.'" - Jason Clark, Entertainment Weekly


  • Luce - Scene Montage
  • An interview with the author and director of LUCE
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: An American suburb, present. 
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


2m, 3f
HARRIET - A black teacher
AMY - A white woman, 40's
PETER - A white man, 40's
LUCE - An African-American teenager
STEPHANIE - An Asian-American teenager
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Cast Attributes

  • Roles for Teens
  • Multicultural casting


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JC Lee

JC writes for theatre, film and television. His play “Luce” received its world premiere in 2013 at Lincoln Center Theatre and is cur-rently being adapted into a movie starring Naomi Watts and Oc-tavia Spencer. “Relevance” staring Jayne Houdyshell and directed by Liesl Tommy, received its world premiere in 2018 at MCC. ...

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Luce premiered at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater's Claire Tow Theater in October, 2013 under the direction of May Adrales.

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