by  Joe Calarco

Full Length Play, Drama  /  7m, 7f

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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by  Joe Calarco

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    7m, 7f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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Set in the present day, two rival high schools are neck-and-neck in the final rounds of a local TV quiz show. As tension escalates between the teams and the game nears its end, answers come in a way that none of the students ever expected – a surprise interrogation conducted by HUAC. The students, now trapped in one of America's darkest eras, are each confronted with critical questions as they must now cope with accusations of being “Un-American.”
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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary

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



  • Setting: The studio and backstage of a game show set.
  • Additional Features: No intermission


7m, 7f
TOM TOPPLEMAN - A typical game show host. Overly friendly, and a little smarmy. 
TAYLOR - Smart. Passionate. He’s a perfectionist. Will do anything to win. 
SARA - Smart. Proud. Searching. Recent convert to Islam. 
JORGE - Latino. Kind. Empathetic. Dabbles in new age ideas. 
SCOTTY - Fearless. Biting. Funny. He has a very specific view of the world. 
ALEJANDRO - Latino. Spanish speaking. He only knows a few words of English. A sweet soul. 
DANI - Smart. A good friend. Stands by her beliefs. 
CAREY - Very smart. She will do anything to win.
JESSE - African American. Smart. Proud.
CATE - Hopeful. Kind to a fault.
GRACE - Not the sharpest tack in the box.
TERRI - Quiet but opinionated. 
PAULA - Quirky. Odd. Smart. 
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  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • Roles for Teens


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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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Un-American was originally commissioned and produced in 2012 by Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia under the direction of David Zobell.

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