Image is Everything

by  Joe Calarco

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 8f

From the collection Signature in Schools Vol. II. 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.

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Image is Everything

by  Joe Calarco

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    4m, 8f
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    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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Inspired by Leni Riefenstahl’s legendary propaganda film Triumph of the Will (1934) which chronicled the Nazi Party rallies and helped to glorify German leader Adolf Hitler, Image is Everything focuses on themes of propaganda, conformity, and personal responsibility. Taking place in the present day, a group of students study the tragic events of the Holocaust. When rumors swirl on the internet about a new student in their school ending in his suicide, the students are forced to face the fact that propaganda didn’t just die with Nazi Germany but is alive and well in America, even in their very own school.
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Adolescence, Death, War


Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £30 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century, 1940s / WWII, 1930s
  • Setting: Northern, Virginia. Fall, 2010. 
    Germany. 1949 & 1934.

  • Additional Features: No intermission


4m, 8f
JOSE - Latino. Empathetic. A peacemaker. 
JAME (zhah-may) - Passionate. An organizer. Always read to fight for what she believes in. 
DELIA - Latino. Loves school. A glass half full person.
KHALIUN (huh-loo-nuh) - Asian. Smart. Needs to know the logical reason for things.
SLOANE - African. Quiet but with raging political passion on the inside.
STEPHEN - Caucasian. Senior Class President. Smart. Well liked. A good guy.
CHLOE - Doesn’t like conflict. Intellectually curious. 
ALANA - An artist. Introverted but passionate. 
LINTLE (dIn-kleh) - African. Has always traveled through life pretty easily and avoids conflict. 
LENI - 48yo. A filmmaker. Passionate. Determined. A perfectionist. 
INTERVIEWER - 20s. British. A fan of Leni’s work.
HITLER - 45yo. Charming. 
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Joe Calarco

Joe Calarco's published work includes in the absence of spring (inaugural production of Second Stage’s New Plays Uptown series, included in The Best Stage Scenes of 2004), Shakespeare’s R&J (Lucille Lortel Award), Walter Cronkite is Dead, and his short plays, Just A Little Sniffle and Parting Gifts. Other adaptations i ...

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Image is Everything was commissioned and produced in 2011 by Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia under the direction of Marcia Gardener.

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