Comedy. By Arlene Hutton.
Cast: 1m., 2w., 1 either gender. We drop in on the lives of sixth-graders in the thick of heartache, heartbreak and homework in this funny and sad story about disappointment, friendship and reality TV. Smart, socially hopeless Jacob wants nothing more than for his father to come home from an overseas deployment in time for his birthday party. His good-natured, troublemaking best friend, Chris, wants nothing more than to do explosive backyard science experiments with cockroaches. Glorie, the most popular girl in school, and her right-hand echo chamber, Emma, are obsessed with their favorite contestant on "America's Next Singing Sensation." Their worlds collide when Jacob starts helping Glorie with her math homework, kicking up a storm of disastrous parties, clandestine text messaging and fractions, all with a mix of heartwarming, earnest humor. A winner of the Macy's New Play Prize for Young Audiences and a hit at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Last Frontier Theatre Conference and the New York International Fringe Festival, Happy Worst Day Ever "delineates a universe that is at once believable and subtle, even beyond the regular daily histrionics of being a kid." (Brooklyn Theater Examiner) Bare stage. Approximate running time: 50 minutes.