Full Length Play
Theatre for Young Audiences
60 minutes (1 hour)
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, 1940s / WWII
Settings Of Play -
Belgium, 1945: A small country kitchen, Ruth's Bedroom
New Orleans, 2005: The Superdome, a rooftop in the Lower 9th Ward
The rainforest of the Congo
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Youth/Camp Programs
While preparing for a class paper about the aftermath of political tragedies, stories of survival come alive before contemporary high school student Ruth. In the aftermath of Katrina, two young people struggle to survive in the face of extreme disaster. In 1945 Belgium, an adolescent Jewish girl struggles to maintain her identity and dignity. And, in the Congo, a girl faces situations that stretch beyond the devastating and into the unspeakable. Each of these stories interconnect in ways that remind Ruth (and the audience) of the incredible suffering mankind has endured and persisted through.
Aftershock was commissioned and produced in 2009 by Tony Award winning Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia for their flagship, award winning, education program, Signture in the Schools.