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Reviving Ophelia
Reviving Ophelia
2006 Macy's New Play Prize for Young Audiences

"Reviving Ophelia chronicles the real stories of young women struggling with alcohol, drugs and relationships. Everyone will relate to this personal, illuminating view of teenagers' lives in America today." —U News and Views, University of Utah
Adapted by Cherie Bennett. From the book by Dr. Mary Pipher.

Cast: 2m., 5w. (without doubling, 3m., 7w., 6 either gender). Based on Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, one of the seminal nonfiction books of our time, this is the gripping story of four teenage girls battling the corrosive influences of popular culture and each searching for the personal North Star that will guide her home. Jill is a Native American girl adopted by white parents. Her drinking, truancy and bad attitude are turned arround in a very unexpected way. Allie, a pastor's daughter, faces a crisis of faith at a mother-daughter book club when her friend Lia loses her mother to cancer. The scene between Lia and her boyfriend, Alex, harkens back to Hamlet's "Get thee to a nunnery!", as Alex exposes the scary part of his personality which he carefully keeps hidden. Beautiful Dawn approaches high-school graduation with the realization that she's not prepared for anything but attracting guys; her solution is to attempt 18 Jello shots to celebrate her 18th birthday. Playwright Bennett, specifically chosen by Dr. Pipher to adapt her work, deftly leavens the drama with humor, tracing the intertwining lives of these four girls from first grade through middle school, and then through high school to graduation and young adulthood. This play has toured urban, suburban and rural schools with equal success. Flexible set. Approximate Running Time: 70 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  R79
Cast Size:  7
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  59
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  70 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 1583423648
Publication Date: 12/18/2006
Cherie Bennett is one of the most successful playwrights for family audiences in the country. Among her many plays is Anne Frank & Me, which Bennett directed off-Broadway to a stellar review in The New York Times. She is also a best-selling novelist in The New York Times and USA Today. Bennett has won an Emmy Award and a Writers ...More
Dr. Mary Pipher received her bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1969 and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Nebraska in 1977. She received the American Psychological Association Presidential Citation in 1998. In 2001, she was a Rockefeller Foundation Scholar in Residence at Bellagio, Italy. Dr Pipher's work combines her ...More
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