Jonathan Small is a twelve-year-old student who is recovering from a head injury. He sits alone in his hospital room temporarily blinded by his head bandages. He has nothing to do but contemplate why his popular best friends have not come to see him. Enter Hilda Meisberg, a geek and overachiever, who pays Jonathan a surprise visit to find out why he hasn't replied to the witty letter she was made to write in class. She challenges Jonathan to get out of his chair and join her on a sightless adventure around the room. With her persistent encouragement, Jonathan discovers that he can function quite well using his sense of touch. He realizes that although Hilda may be unusual, she is also interesting and funny. However, when Jonathan finally gets out of the hospital, he denounces his new friend in favor of his popular friends. Hurt, Hilda runs away, saying she will go live with her father and twin sister. Jonathan realizes his mistake, but it is too late. Hilda returns, pretending to be her sister Holly, whom everyone likes. Jonathan discovers that Holly is Hilda, who, with his encouragement, will be able to face the other kids and become their friend. Commissioned and produced by Idaho Theatre for Youth, this play is ideal for touring.
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code A63000
- Cast Size 4
- Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
- Cost $9.95
- Approx. Run Time 55 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group Elementary School | Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | TYA | Touring Group | Praise Group
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871296221
- "Accidental Friends is a very smart play that resonates well with grades 4-7. We had successful performances for grades outside that range and, of course, with family audiences; however, this play really speaks to the difficult playground drama of friendship negotiation that goes on with the pre-adolescent crowd. The play is simple in its technical demands and is actually very low key in its theatricality. We were pleasantly surprised at how well the pure dramatic action captured and held our audience."
- Review by Mark Lutwak, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "A wheelchair is a great substitute if you don't have a hospital bed."
- Tip by Mary Britt, Ocala Civic Theatre, Ocala, Fla.