Drama. By Linda Daugherty.
Cast: 4m., 5w. Angela has a new boyfriend. C.J.'s romantic, amazingly handsome, and a senior. He sends her flowers. He texts her day and night. Angela's swept off her feet, but her best friend, Jen, is troubled by changes she sees in Angela. At homecoming, Angela shares a dance with her pal Duffy. When C.J., overcome with jealousy, grabs Angela's arm and roughly pulls her across the dance floor, she runs from the dance, hurt and humiliated. C.J. sends a text message asking for Angela's forgiveness, and the relationship continues. But C.J.'s controlling behavior causes Angela's girlfriends to exclude her from their lives. Pressured by C.J. to be constantly with him, Angela begins to lie to her mother about her whereabouts and quickly finds herself in over her head. Using e-mail, texting, his cell phone, and an intimate photo of Angela, C.J. exerts his control, further isolating Angela from her family and friends as the relationship spirals dangerously downward. Hope replaces despair when, at Jen's urging, Angela finally reaches out to her parents. This well-researched and thought-provoking play explores the hidden world of aggression and violence in teen dating while encouraging young people to make choices that result in healthy relationships. Area staging. Approximate running time: 1 hour.
Also Available: 40-minute version