by Joe Calarco
Full Length Play, Drama / 2m, 7f
From the collection Signature in the Schools Vol. I. Signature in the Schools uses theater to open the minds and broaden the viewpoints of local teens while engaging them in a positive creative experience.
While preparing for a class paper about the aftermath of political tragedies, stories of survival come alive before contemporary high school student Ruth. In the aftermath of Katrina, two young people struggle to survive in the face of extreme disaster. In 1945 Belgium, an adolescent Jewish girl struggles to maintain her identity and dignity. And, in the Congo, a girl faces situations that stretch beyond the devastating and into the unspeakable. Each of these stories interconnect in ways that remind Ruth (and the audience) of the incredible suffering mankind has endured and persisted through.
- Minimum Fee: £30 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
- Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century, 1940s / WWII
- Setting: Belgium, 1945: A small country kitchen, Ruth's Bedroom
New Orleans, 2005: The Superdome, a rooftop in the Lower 9th Ward
The rainforest of the Congo
RUTHIE - Female. 17yo. Inquisitive. Smart. Sensitive. Angry.
AYANA - Female. 19yo. African American. Passionate.
RUTH - Female 14yo. Jewish girl during the Holocaust. Haunted.
MAKEMBA - Female 16yo. From the Congo. Smart. Protective.
NEGIE - Female 14yo. From the Congo. Playful. Resourceful.
SARAH - Female 14yo. A hidden child of the Holocaust in Belgium. Effervescent.
PATRICK - Male. 18yo. Smart. Goes where the wind takes him.
TIMOTHY - Male. 20yo. Works for the Red Cross. Compassionate.
FATHER TIMOTHY - Male. 30yo. Played by the same actor who plays Timothy. Caring.
- Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
- Roles for Teens