Cricket, a young teenage girl, struggles to come to terms with her relationship with her older brother, Tom, who has Down syndrome. Cricket is the new girl at school, and tries hard to keep her school and home life separate. When her classmate Reese drops by for a visit, Cricket is mortified that he finds out about Tom's disability. But Reese just sees a young man who likes to dance and play his music loudly. Gram tries to give Tom the attention he needs while facilitating enough space and quiet for Cricket to work out her issue around her brother. When a science project goes well, Reese encourages Cricket to think about being a research scientist. Cricket desperately tries to discover a solution for Tom through science, but only becomes more discouraged. Reese shows up again; this time he's offering a gift that delights everyone—his old CD player and headphones for Tom. With the help of Reese's creativity and Gram's patience, Cricket realizes Tom isn't deficient, but rather has "something extra" to offer the world.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code BF2000
- Cast Size 6
- Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 105 min
- Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | College and Adult
- Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | TYA | Touring Group
- Genre Drama
Media Reviews"[Bless Cricket is] a stunning world premier … a cunning yet empathetic script … all eyes were riveted, all breaths held in check … economical and blessedly unpedantic … The entire production knows how to tangle messy feelings and yet highlight, for our benefit, exactly what they are and where and how they twist and overlap." -Dallas Observer
"Bless Cricket for avoiding the obvious. While the result is entertaining, uplifting and refreshingly droll, Daugherty does not shrink from poignancy. This is an ideal family show, but it offers much for adult playgoers as well." -Fort Worth Star Telegram
"[Bless Cricket] will touch heartstrings you never knew you had." -The Dallas Morning News