Comedy/Drama. By Laurie Brooks.
Cast: 2 to 3m., 1 to 3w., 1 to 4 or more either gender. In a fantastical world (not entirely unlike our own) where "conformity is compulsory," Boy cannot conform. Others make a desperate attempt to fix him, but neither they nor he can change his nature. Labeled a monster by the experts, Boy is shunned until, heartbroken and alone, he disappears into a world of monsters. There, Boy struggles with Hugo, ruled by his monster side, and is drawn to Girl, who is still in touch with her true feelings. A metaphor for invisible disabilities and disenfranchised youth, this play asks the question: Will Boy hold on to his humanity and accept himself, or will he become a monster? A cautionary tale that presents a comic anti-model of behavior, this entertaining fable for all times and all ages tells about the beauty and danger of being different in a world where conformity is valued and individuality is feared. Preshow audience interaction with the ensemble sets the tone for this highly original play, and a unique interactive experience called "The Forum" is built into the running time of the play to actively involve the audience in exploring the timely issues of belonging, conforming and individuality. Commissioned by the Jim Eisenreich Foundation and premiered by the Coterie Theatre. Area staging. Approximate running time: 75 minutes.