Full Length Play
Time Period - Present Day
Settings Of Play - St. Charles' Boarding School for Boys in midwinter. The present.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
Something is amiss in a Catholic boys' boarding school. The students have become sinister, furtive, and conspiratorial as they steal up and down staircases after hours. The menace erupts in savagery as the students torture one of their members, then another, and then another. What is the disease that has settled in their souls? Who is torturing the crotchety classics professor by sending obscene photographs to his dying mother? And why? The answer is hate in its devilish forms of pride, envy, and jealousy; a hate so perverse that it has infected the students and the staff.
"An absorbing thriller [...] Constantly engrossing, high voltage theatre [...] written with grace, wit and insight." - The New York Daily News
"A powerful melodrama that will thrill audiences for a long time to come." - The New York Times
CHILD'S PLAY was first presented at the Royale Theatre in New York City on February 17, 1970. Directed by Joseph Hardy.