Drama. By Laurie Brooks. Based on the novel by S.E. Hinton.
Is middle school really so different now than it was in the '70s? The search for belonging and recognition among peer groups remains at the heart of coming of age. The journey that S.E. Hinton's anti-hero, Rusty-James, takes in her iconic young adult novel is as relevant for young people today as it was when it was first published. Set on a course of teenage trouble by his longing to be like his gang-influenced older brother, Motorcycle Boy, Rusty's goal is to be the toughest kid in the neighborhood. He's mostly succeeding with the help of Motorcycle Boy, but he's losing his best friend, Steve, who recognizes that his friend is headed for serious trouble. Then one night it all falls apart in an explosive confrontation, and Rusty-James finds himself alone without Motorcycle Boy's protection. This updated version of the story features a flexible, gender-bending cast and a highly theatrical approach that creates a timeless theatre experience. The small-cast version of the play is suitable for professional theaters, and the flexible-cast version is perfect for middle school, high school, college and community theatres. Bare stage with props.