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Reviving Ophelia

Reviving Ophelia

Adapted by Cherie Bennett. From the book by Dr. Mary Pipher.

Product Code: R79000

  • Full-length Play
  • Drama
  • Cast size: 2m., 5w. (without doubling, 3m., 7w., 6 either gender).

    Livestream and Record & Stream Rights Available

  • Awards: Macy's New Play Prize for Young Audiences

Rights and availability
This title can be licensed and sold throughout the World.

* 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.

$10.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $90/perf

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Synopsis

Based on Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, one of the seminal nonfiction books of our time, this is the gripping story of four teenage girls battling the corrosive influences of popular culture and each searching for the personal North Star that will guide her home. Jill is a Native American girl adopted by white parents. Her drinking, truancy and bad attitude are turned arround in a very unexpected way. Allie, a pastor's daughter, faces a crisis of faith at a mother-daughter book club when her friend Lia loses her mother to cancer. The scene between Lia and her boyfriend, Alex, harkens back to Hamlet's "Get thee to a nunnery!", as Alex exposes the scary part of his personality which he carefully keeps hidden. Beautiful Dawn approaches high-school graduation with the realization that she's not prepared for anything but attracting guys; her solution is to attempt 18 Jello shots to celebrate her 18th birthday. Playwright Bennett, specifically chosen by Dr. Pipher to adapt her work, deftly leavens the drama with humor, tracing the intertwining lives of these four girls from first grade through middle school, and then through high school to graduation and young adulthood. This play has toured urban, suburban and rural schools with equal success.

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Details

  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code R79000
  • Cast Size 7
  • Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
  • Cost $10.95
  • Approx. Run Time 70 min

Categories

  • Target Audience High School | College and Adult
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
  • Genre Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9781583423646
* 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

"Reviving Ophelia is a well written, realistic script that stays true to Pipher's book while also embedding it in a captivating drama with smart dialogue, occasional humor and realistic conflict. I love this play, and we've gotten rave reviews."
Review by Jen Ryle, Olympia Family Theater, Olympia, Wash.
"An excellent play for teen audiences and teen actors. The voices are very authentic and genuine. Teens were able to identify and not feel "preached to." Actors were able to stretch themselves by playing different ages, different emotions. Excellent!"
Review by Kim Goodrich, Crested Butte Mountain Theatre, Crested Butte, Colo.
"The script was exceptional and allowed for a meaningful production for our ensemble and for our audience, who laughed and cried with the girls. A great piece to showcase multiple talent!"
Review by Shannon Mallrich, Triad High School, Troy, Ill.

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

"We didn't do total costume changes at all. Each character had a set costume (jeans and colored tee) and then added elements. Saved time between scenes."
Tip by Kim Goodrich, Crested Butte Mountain Theatre, Crested Butte, Colo.

Media Reviews

"Reviving Ophelia chronicles the real stories of young women struggling with alcohol, drugs and relationships. Everyone will relate to this personal, illuminating view of teenagers' lives in America today." -U News and Views, University of Utah