Winner! 1987 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Young Playwrights Award
This 1987 winner of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Young Playwrights Award is perfect for high school production. It is a contemporary play about high school kids who are urged to take on an outside project to help someone in the community. They decide to help Al, a 39 year old cerebral palsy victim. There are actually two Als in this play: the stricken Al the world sees and the title character who is perceptive, blunt, and sometimes bitter and who comments on Al's life and on the efforts of the kids to help him. Inside Al feels isolated in his body and is always struggling to get out. Inside, Al is a dancer.
Inside Al is published with Two for the Road and Mongolian Idiot.
Inside Al was first performed in the terrace-level Theater Lab at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., in spring 1987.