The Wrestling Season tackles subject matter seldom addressed but vital to youth and their families: the search for identity and the peer pressure that accompanies it. Using only the setting of a wrestling mat, eight young people struggle with the destructive power of rumors and how others see them. This is Matt's year to excel on his high-school wrestling team, but innuendo about his friendship with Luke causes Matt to question himself and his priorities. Kori wants to be accepted for who she is, not the way she looks. Melanie copes with a reputation she cannot grow beyond. Jolt and Heather ultimately regret having too much too soon. And Nicole has so little self-esteem that she agrees with everyone. The action is overseen by The Referee, who comments on the action from inside and outside the drama with hand signals and commands. Using images, movement and sound, cast members function as a chorus and as individual characters whose stories are interwoven to create a theatrical event that challenges and reveals their search for identity. The Wrestling Season was commissioned by the Coterie Theatre and developed at The Kennedy Center's New Visionsew Voices and New York University's Program in Educational Theatre.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code W89000
- Cast Size 9
- Min. Royalty Rate $100/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 70 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) 9781583420331
Media Reviews"A writer with a true sense of how young people speak and handle confrontation. Never before has the mantra of 'sticks and stones' seemed so trite. Names can indeed hurt, break, and destroy." -Pitch Weekly, Kansas City
"From the first moment… when the theatre space is plunged into darkness, the students were gripped by the play." -The Examiner, Cork, Ireland
"A metaphor for the conflicts, pressures, betrayals, and complex friendships experienced by most teenager...inventive theatre that has a way of touching raw nerve endings." -Kansas City Star
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