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Nothing But the Truth

Nothing But the Truth

By Ronn Smith. Adapted from the novel by Avi.

Product Code: N51000

  • Full-length Play
  • Drama
  • Cast size: 5m., 5w. May be expanded up to 38 speaking roles, some gender flexibility possible.

    Limited Livestream Rights Available

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Philip Malloy is a 14-year-old student at Harrison High School. One day, Philip decides to hum along with "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the song is played over the public-address system during morning announcements. Margaret Narwin, Philip's homeroom teacher, promptly sends him to the vice principal's office for breaking a faculty rule requiring all students to stand at "respectful, silent attention" while the national anthem is playing. When multiple versions of what happened in the classroom are picked up by a candidate running for the school board, the host of a talk radio program, and a reporter for the local newspaper, what should have been just a simple, internal incident for the school turns into an unfortunate public crisis for both Philip Malloy and Margaret Narwin. The coverage—and increasing controversy—places Philip, his family, Harrison High and the entire community at the center of a national media event. But why do the versions differ? And who is telling the truth? There are no easy answers presented in this play, which is ultimately concerned with the critically important issues of respect, personal freedom and patriotism.


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  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code N51000
  • Cast Size 10
  • Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
  • Cost $10.95
  • Approx. Run Time 120 min


  • Target Audience Middle School | High School
  • Performing Group Middle School | High School | TYA
  • Genre Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9781583420843
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Customer Reviews

"We really enjoyed working on this show. The powerful and thought-provoking message resonated with the audiences and there were many great discussions during rehearsals with the cast."
Review by Linda Benge, Grantsburg HS, Grantsburg, Wis.
"This was a thought provoking, age appropriate play which provided many interesting options for staging and exciting challenges for student actors."
Review by Tony Catanese, Garland Country Day School, Denver, CO
"Nothing But the Truth was really well received -- adults were intrigued by the plot, students related to the characters well and my stage production students were inspired by the opportunities in set and lighting and sound design."
Review by Jordana Benone, North High School, Torrance, CA

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

"Because the show has so many transitions, and changes of location, lighting was so important to isolate areas. Our auditorium has only one rear projection screen, but it was sufficient. A student used photos from our school to set the space.

We added original music to help with transitions. A student wrote short motifs for lead characters and locations, to help keep things feel connected, and the date and time was always read aloud in a "Siri" voice."
Tip by Linda Benge, Grantsburg HS, Grantsburg, Wis.