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Dancing Solo
Dancing Solo
By Mary Hall Surface.

Cast: 2m., 3w. Sixteen-year-old Kara, an aspiring modern dancer, struggles to complete a piece of choreography for entrance into a competitive dance program. Kara's teacher, David, demands that she find her own movements, her own steps. But as Kara works through her dance, her realities collide, and flashbacks, memories and fantasies swirl around her. Her dance becomes a metaphor for her desperate struggle to control her troubled life. Kara's mother is an alcoholic whose drinking sours all the important occasions in Kara's life and renders her home an embarrassment to hide from her friends. Her boyfriend, Jake, seems so perfect but is, in fact, dealing drugs. Her friend Melody shares good-time secrets with Kara but does not see that Kara needs far more from a friend. By hiding the truth about her mother, first from herself and then from her friends, Kara becomes trapped in patterns of denial and dishonesty. She must break those patterns to survive. Carol Evans, writing in Theatre for Young Audiences Today, said: "The writing is witty and rhythmic, striking dead-on with both the naive bliss of teenage euphoria and the depth of alcoholic lies... The play packs a wallop. I was moved to tears by the painful truth of the piece." Originally commissioned by the MUNY Student Theatre Project of St. Louis, Dancing Solo ran for two years, performing for junior-high and high-school audiences. Simple unit set. Approximate Running Time: 60 minutes.

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Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  D65
Cast Size:  5
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  40
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  60 min.
Target Audience: Middle School | High School
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
ISBN (10): 0871296519
Mary Hall Surface's work has been featured at Seattle Children's Theatre, Dallas Children's Theatre, Arizona's Childsplay, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, the National Gallery of Arts, the Folger Shakespeare Library, as well as more than 15 productions at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in every region of the United States, as well as in Ireland, France, Peru, Germany, Italy, Taiwan ...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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