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Daughters by Maya Levy – The Empty Chair by Time Kelly – Auburn HS Theatre Arts
May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until May 11, 2019
Daughters: This award winning writer offers nine honest and up front monologues for teen actresses. Each deals with loneliness and searching. Some are funny, some serious, all are brimming with compassion, rich language and theatricality. Nine unique monologues, portraying characters such as a teenage girl who considers herself nothing but trash, and becomes the contents of a garbage bag to prove it; a beauty queen contest winner coping with pressures from Mom, Dad, and admirers; a basketball player ignored by her mother; a drug addict at a detox center; a young woman reflecting on boyfriends – some good, some animals; a daughter of a too often divorced set of parents; and more. In her introduction, Ms. Levy states, “Each character stands alone, because that is what she is. Alone. Her life is what she had made it. It belongs to her. Do nothing to diminish her moment.” We offer you these stunning “moments,” strong statements of and by today’s young women. The Empty Chair – The setting is a counseling center for teenagers recovering from substance abuse. One of their peers, Robert, has just died of an overdose. Accident or suicide? The atmosphere is tense and uneasy. Finally, each young person speaks about his or her memory of Robert. The dramatic monologues tell us a great deal about each speaker and the terrors of drug abuse. Although Robert remains something of a mystery, his impact on the others is undeniable. This is a hard-hitting work with an emotionally strong anti-drug message. With its flexible cast and minimal prop requirement, it’s ideal for contest use, touring, or for any program dealing with the topic of teenage substance abuse.”