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Nothing But the Truth
Nothing But the Truth
By Ronn Smith. Adapted from the novel by Avi.

Cast: 5m., 5w. (may be expanded to as many as 38 speaking roles. Some gender flexibility possible.) Philip Malloy is a 14-year-old student at Harrison High School. One day, Philip decides to hum along with "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the song is played over the public-address system during morning announcements. Margaret Narwin, Philip's homeroom teacher, promptly sends him to the vice principal's office for breaking a faculty rule requiring all students to stand at "respectful, silent attention" while the national anthem is playing. When multiple versions of what happened in the classroom are picked up by a candidate running for the school board, the host of a talk radio program, and a reporter for the local newspaper, what should have been just a simple, internal incident for the school turns into an unfortunate public crisis for both Philip Malloy and Margaret Narwin. The coverage—and increasing controversy—places Philip, his family, Harrison High and the entire community at the center of a national media event. But why do the versions differ? And who is telling the truth? There are no easy answers presented in this play, which is ultimately concerned with the critically important issues of respect, personal freedom and patriotism. Minimal set.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  N51
Cast Size:  10
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  104
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 1583420843
Publication Date: 11/05/2001
Avi is part of a family of writers extending back to the 19th century. In fact, his twin sister is a writer too. Born and raised in New York City, Avi was educated in local schools, then went off to the Midwest to complete his education. He started out as a playwright—while working for many years as a librarian—and began ...More
Ronn Smith is a writer, theatre director and professional fundraiser currently living in Providence, Rhode Island. He is the author of American Set Design 2: Interviews with Twelve Contemporary Set Designers (Theatre Communications Group, 1991) and nearly 150 feature articles or essays about theater, film and television design.More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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