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Hyper-Focus - Full Length Play, Comedy

Hyper-Focus

Jim Knable

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Full Length Play, Comedy

2m, 3f

ISBN: 9780874403374

Thomas Jefferson, a middle school student, can't seem to focus in school. He is told he has ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder, a condition that affects his ability to concentrate in class. Both educational and entertaining, Hyper-Focus features original songs by the author and provides great roles for young actors.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Theatre for Young Audiences

40 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - The play has setting that include classroom, home and outside. All the settings should be indicated very simply with a flexible set. Nothing fancy needed.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Audience Participation/Interactive, Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Thomas Jefferson, a middle school student, can't seem to focus in school. He is told he has ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder, a condition that affects his ability to concentrate in class. With his widowed mom, a caring teacher, and his first potential girlfriend, Thomas comes up with a very creative solution to deal with his condition.

Hyper-Focus was commissioned by the Playwrights Project in San Diego in 2004, and subsequently toured in the fall of 2004 at middle schools, high schools, rehabilitation centers, and libraries across Southern California. Both educational and entertaining, Hyper-Focus features original songs by the author and provides great roles for young actors.

“thought-provoking, funny, touching, informative, and provocative...Having myself worked with many young students with ADD, I was particularly impressed with how accurately Knable captured the intricacies of the problem, how it is perceived by others – and how it feels from the ‘inside.’ His song about competing stimuli fighting for attention inside the brain of his appealing protagonist was terrific!” - San Diego Theatre Scene’s Curtain Call

October 24, 2004 – November 12, 2004. Commissioned and produced by The Playwrights Project. Performed at schools and community centers throughout San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties.

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CASTING

2m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Local Celebrity Cameo, Roles for Children, Room for Extras

CASTING NOTES

While the play was written to be performed by 5 adult actors for young audiences, there are many characters that each actor (other than TJ) plays. The play could have as many as 11 actors with full parts and the parts could be played by students as well as adults. More parts could be added to the ensemble of Distractions, also.

CHORUS SIZE

Small

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MUSICAL STYLE

Folk

VOCAL DEMANDS

Easy

Author
Jim Knable

Jim Knable

Jim Knable’s plays have been produced by MCC Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Soho Rep, NYC’s Summer Play Festival, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, New Jersey Rep, Actor’s Express in Atlanta, and multiple regional and university stages. Most recently his play Green Man was produced at STAGEStheatre in Fullerton, CA. His play Spain is included in Smith and Kraus’ New Playwrights: The Best Plays ... view full profile

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