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Geek! High School Edition - Full Length Play, Comedy

Geek! High School Edition

Crystal Skillman

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Full Length Play, Comedy

2m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573703201

With pissed-off Pikachus, steam punk armies, stood-up Sailor Moons and roller-blading monsters on the prowl, it's easy to get lost in the Inferno-esque anime convention where the fans, the otakus, and the geeks prowl...

*The High School Edition of Geek!* 

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play



90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - Setting: An Anime cos-playing convention in Columbus, Ohio. January.
Time: Now. 


No intermission, Physical Comedy, Puppetry, Stage Combat, Multimedia

Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes


Adult, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)


Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


2013 New York Innovative Theater Award Nomination, NY TImes Critics Pick

With pissed-off Pikachus, steam punk armies, stood-up Sailor Moons and roller-blading monsters on the prowl, it's easy to get lost in the Inferno-esque anime convention where the fans, the otakus, and the geeks prowl. But to score a rare meeting with their comic book idol, teenage outcasts Dayna and Honey will take on obsessive magic players, Jedis and elfs, cosplayers and convention guards - through all nine flights of Ohio's Dante's Fire-Con. But when the dark nature of their quest breaks through the fantasy of these girls cos-playing - they find that no game can mask the deep loss they’ve recently shared ... unless they truly discover who they are. 
"CRITICS PICK! Compared with 'Cut,' Ms. Skillman’s lean, eviscerating 2011 takedown of reality television, 'Geek!' is a riot of visual invention ... But beneath the plumage lies a story that only grazes larger themes: parallels between theater and cosplay (shorthand for the costumed play of fandom), and the agonizing consequences of receding youth. Now Ms. Skillman is ready to dive into the deeper, darker waters of adulthood." - New York TimesRead More

"CRITICS PICK! Underneath the obscure pop-culture references, broad humor and eye-catching costumes lies something more impressive: genuine heart ... Crystal Skillman’s script goes beyond the superficial snark and touches on topical issues such as bullying and suicide, without seeming preachy or ripped from the headlines. It’s an honest and often hilarious exploration of the complicated, fantasy-fueled, online world some teens inhabit today." - Time Out New YorkRead More

"Geek! is a celebration of the imagination. It revels in a subculture dedicated to living life according to their own rules and while managing not to poke fun at anyone for enjoying some role play it actually tells a great story about how we relate to the world and to those closest to us. The dialogue is screwball comedy fast and as sharp tongued as can be. Skillman is a master of wit and character who knows the value of fast action and the honor of good versus evil." - nytheatre.com, Read More
Geek was presented at the Incubator Arts Project in March of 2013.


2m, 4f


Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Features Teens, Flexible casting, Multicultural casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


*The actress playing Honey could play an extra background character in elevator.
*If keeping the cast size to six, Squeaker (as he's always in costume), can be played by different ensemble actors.
* If desired the cast list can expand with more actors and less double casting.

DANYA - Japanese-American teen, Determined, 16! Easily hurt - cares so much but hides it 
HONEY - her friend, Trusting, but often full of worry, full of spitfire impulsive-ness

ELLEN - Danya’s Best Friend, Honey's sister 
MISS COSY CON - cute anime character operates as guide/announcer for the con 
MARCY - preteen cosplaying as a Dante's Fire Devil Angel 
GWEN - Danya’s arch rival from her preteen days 
DEVIL CATS #1 - mid-thirties lady cosplaying an evil cat lady 
PRINCESS #2 - one Bitchy, yet lovely in a Tiara, Goth Girl, cos-playing as a Princess 
GUARD ONE - Old timer Geek  (30s) a guy into Star Trek 
STEAMPUNK LEUT #1 - Teen cosplaying as Army in Dante's Fire 
BRIAN - fifth grader dressed as the Timekeeper 
PRINCESS #1 - one Goth Boy, cosplaying a Princess from Dante's Fire 
SQUEAKER* - a guy cosplaying as the big furry orange ball like outfit
MANNO - kid cosplaying a Wizard Magic card game nerd

GUARD TWO - old timer-er Geek (30s) a woman into Star Wars
MOLLY - preteen cos-playing Dante's Fire Devil Angels
STEAMPUNK LEUT #2 - Teen cosplaying as Army in Dante's Fire 
MINNIE THE MINOTUAR - overly dramatic girl dressed as the Minotaur 
DEVIL CAT #2 - mid-thirties lady cosplaying an evil cat lady 
SPRING - determined homeschooled larping girl who cosplays a french elf archer 

TOBY - cosplaying as Steam Punk Army leader Ulee-o, Gwen’s ex-boyfriend 
BATTLE BOT BOY - head gear wearing third grader cosplaying an evil robot 
TINY AJAX - kid cosplaying a Dwarf. Loves to rock and roll (dice!)

 Becky Byers (L). Photograph by Robert Ross Parker 

Allison Buck (L) and Becky Byers (R). Photography by Nick Francone 

Emily Williams (L), Allison Buck (C), Becky Byers (R). Photograph by Nick Francone
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Crystal Skillman

"A playwright of growing downtown renown, Ms. Skillman seems to be acquiring something suspiciously Midtown: polish." -- Andy Webster, NYTimes CRYSTAL SKILLMAN is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter based on Brooklyn. She is the author of the plays Geek, Cut, and King Kirby (co-written with frequent co-writer Fred Van Lente), all critics picks from the NY Times. She is the musical ... view full profile

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Danielle Filas 7/12/2015 2:25 PM
This is an energetic and inventive show, especially in terms of the format. The setting (comic book convention) and the characters borne of that setting leave room for creative staging and high energy, physical acting. I found myself a bit disappointed, however, in the actual plot. The conflict (getting through various tasks loosely -very loosely- based on Dante's Inferno to see this fictional famous author) never really felt that urgent to me and seemed  a bit disconnected from the underlying themes of selfishness and friendship. It's a typical YA plot, but in a shiny and fun package. In the hands of a great director (and videographer), students could really please a crwod with this

Pros: Fun and inventive staging, great roles for young women, active and physical characterization, not your typical living room drama or door-slamming farce, female author, mutli-ethnic casting, flexible production value opportunities (could be bare stage or spectacle)
Cons: Flat plot, drug/drinking references, mild adult themes, strong language (even in this HS version)

I wish I could have given this 3 1/2 stars (more accurate), but the system won't allow that.

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