The Third Wave is a true story about a high-school experiment in fascism that went out of control. Set in 1967 in Palo Alto, California, during the Vietnam war, racial integration and social revolution, the play centers around a young, popular teacher, Ron Jones, and his world history class. When a student asks how so many people could be led to deny the Holocaust of World War II, Mr. Jones decides to demonstrate by giving his students an exercise in discipline not unlike that of a totalitarian society. To his surprise, the students delight in the order and power of that discipline and relinquish their freedom in favor of the prospect of supposed superiority over other students in the school. The class adopts the name "The Third Wave," and soon many others, even from neighboring schools, clamor to be part of the "elite" group.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code TP7000
- Cast Size 13
- Min. Royalty Rate $110/perf
- Cost $11.95
- Approx. Run Time 100 min
- Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9781583427378
- "The students, audience, and especially parents, really loved this play and the relevant message. Because of the number of parts, it was the perfect play to train all of our freshman and sophomore students. The play left a huge impact on the cast and crew. "
- Review by Lory Stewart, Jack C Hays HS, Buda, Texas
- "The Third Wave delivers a powerful message and thus offered an interesting challenge for our drama club."
- Review by Richard Gage, Struthers High School, Struthers, Ohio
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- "This play is very affordable! We couldn't find 1960s desks, but we were able to find old cafeteria chairs that worked in our school district's warehouse. The costuming was inexpensive, because the 1960s clothing was easy to find in our costume closet, the students closet or at Goodwill. We used "chalk board paint" to turn one of our rolling white boards into an old chalk board. "
- Tip by Lory Stewart, Jack C Hays HS, Buda, Texas