EAT (It's Not About Food) dramatizes the dangerous and baffling world of eating disorders in girls and boys. Candidly exploring causes and warning signs, the play takes a hard look at the influences of society and the media and tells individual stories of young people struggling with this epidemic and too often tragic problem. Beneath a neon sign reading "EAT" a young waitress enters and addresses the audience. She relates that, although 850-million people in the world are essentially starving, eating can be the most difficult thing in the world. The entire cast enters, each expressing with words or action his or her struggle with eating, then freezes, and the waitress, tasting a decadent dessert, announces, "EAT (It's Not About Food)," launching the play into the story of 14-year-old Amy, whose downward spiral, eventual hospitalization and struggle to recover from an eating disorder is interwoven with vignettes, ranging from realistic to satirical to humorous, that reveal other characters dealing with eating disorders and body image. Joey, battling bulimia, recalls being teased by classmates and describes a frantic nighttime binge. A young wrestler learns the tricks of "making weight" from a teammate. With only her face and arms visible through a cardboard cutout of a thin, glamorous female TV star, a generic television actress celebrates her perfection. Another character relates the myriad reasons for overeating while being dressed in a "fat suit." "Fairly well recovered" Calorie Woman shares her compulsive counting as she relates the calories in a Starbucks latte. These and many more characters provide actors with challenging dramatic and comedic roles and the opportunity to play multiple parts.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code E53000
- Cast Size 14
- Min. Royalty Rate $100/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 60 min
- Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | TYA | Touring Group
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9781583425909
- "The judges at the festival raved about the script and production. The ensemble cast was marvelous. The play flowed from scene to scene without losing momentum."
- Review by El. J. Arnston, St. Mary's Central High School, Bismarck, N.D.
- "EAT is a realistic story of teenagers stuggling with various eating disorders. What may surprise you is that the dialogue echos the words of friends and family who may live with the disease."
- Review by Grant Geis, Emporia High School, Emporia, Kan.
- "Linda Daugherty consistently produces plays about teen issues that are relevant AND well written. Eat is no exception."
- Review by Rachel Carothers, Little Elm High School, Litlle Elm, TX
- "This exceptional play will forever change the way you look at the world of eating disorders and those who struggle to regain control of their lives."
- Review by Dr. Elizabeth Hughes, Executive Director, The Elisa Project, Dallas, Texas
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- " I feel that in order to do this show successfully you have to watch your transitions. This show needs to flow very well and if your transition times are too long it will stop the show dead in the water."
- Tip by Anthony Coffield, Spring Valley HS, Las Vegas, Nev.
Media Reviews"A gutsy, arresting and daringly, darkly humorous world premiere … powerful … leaving open the possibility of changing and perhaps even saving lives of both young audience members and friends whom they now may recognize as needing help." -The Dallas Morning News
"Linda Daugherty has never been one to avert her eyes from issues facing young people today … Eat inspires as much laughter as it does tears … The emotional impact is raw and unapologetic … awe-inspiring … It is a difficult hour to spend in the theater. But it is also one of the most revelatory plays I've seen. It makes the inevitable pain one will feel well worth it, especially if it means a deeper understanding." -People Newspapers