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Painted Face - Full Length Play, Drama

Painted Face

Molly Gettys Bass, Sylvia B. Hoffmire

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Full Length Play, Drama

7m, 6f

ISBN: 9780874406719

Khaki Manders is 17 years old. She is pretty, popular, smart, and unusually talented. Her parents are financially secure, supportive, and are always very proud of their daughter. Khaki lacks nothing material and little academically or socially and is aware of all her potential and good fortune.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

90 minutes

Time Period - Present Day, 1980s

Settings Of Play - Manders' living room, Sabrina's room, Josh's room, a classroom, and Khaki's room.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Intense Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Church / Religious Groups

Khaki Manders is 17 years old. She is pretty, popular, smart, and unusually talented. Her parents are financially secure, supportive, and are always very proud of their daughter. Khaki lacks nothing material and little academically or socially and is aware of all her potential and good fortune. But there is one aspect of her life that is a well guarded secret - her depression. She may never celebrate her 18th birthday because Khaki Manders is considering suicide. A true-to-life performance piece, Painted Face boldly deals with the topic of suicide in a way that is timely, intrepid, and honest. With her amazing insight into the emotional world of teenagers, Ms. Bass, popular author of Two To Go, brings forth a play that simultaneously moves and educates young people. Painted Face is an incredible powerful drama that should be seen in classrooms and youth theatres throughout the country.
Painted Face was first presented by the Youtheatre in association with the Catawba County Council on Adolescents on March 18, 1988. It was directed by Sylvia B. Hoffmire. 
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CASTING

7m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Features Teens, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

Plus 1 offstage voice

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

KHAKI MANDERS - 17 years old, high school senior who has illustrated an unusual performance gift. Khaki is admired widely by her peers and her family, but she suffers a great deal of personal insecurity nonetheless. Khaki's self-expectations are extremely high and she is heavily burdened by her own fear of failure. Unnoticed by peers and family, Khaki daily becomes more depressed and suicidal.
SABRINA MANDERS - Khaki's 16 year old sister. Typically caught up in her own world. She is nonetheless supportive of Khaki. She does, however, get fed up with all the attention Khaki gets and being practical, doesn't understand why Khaki can't cope better with expectations.
JANET - About 17, one of Khaki's long-standing friends. By bringing her problems to Khaki's attention at a time when Khaki is feeling particularly low, she is unwittingly brings Khaki a step closer to disaster.
ERNIE - A classmate of Khaki's, he is quick to lean on her, and is readily accepting of her ability to solve dilemmas. Ernie is romantically interested in Janet, though she does not reciprocate.
TINA - Also a close friend of Khaki's. Tina has an opportunity to recognize the fact that Khaki is experiencing emotional difficulties. She slides by the opportunity, hearing only surface chatter. When she finally recognizes that something is wrong, she does not pursue the matter, but allows other to distract her interest.
STEWART - About 17, another of Khaki's friends who is so intent on his own path that he doesn't see Khaki's dilemma. He thinks she's becoming tiresome and possibly suffering from an overblown ego.
JOSH - Khaki's boyfriend is who also 17. He is in love with Khaki, and likes to talk about getting married, but his intensity does not match hers. The level of Khaki's intensity bothers Josh sometimes, and because of this he feels inadequate.
KIM - 17, one of the crowd Khaki hangs out with. She is not particularly close to Khaki and feels uncomfortable when Khaki breaks down in front of her.
WADE MANDERS - Khaki's father, about 45, a nice guy but not overly sensitive. He likes to come home, kick back, read the paper, etc. Wade prefers a calm, unruffled lifestyle and maintains a certain distance between himself and his childrens' lives.
DOROTHY MANDERS - Khaki's mother, early 40s, and is obsessively interested in Khaki's future. Sees herself as a good and supportive mother. It is impossible for her to realize that in encouraging her daughter's development as an actress, she is isolating Khaki-insulating her from interaction with others. She is also unwittingly placing a tremendous amount of pressure on Khaki to succeed.
STACE GILLEY - Khaki's drama teacher. Gilley is aware that Khaki is going through a bad time, but she doesn't know what to do with her concern.
VIVIAN HART - A teacher in Khaki's high school and a good friend of Gilley's, she echoes the general opinion that anyone with the kind of assets Khaki possesses couldn't possibly be in trouble.
CLASSMATES - Members of Khaki's drama class at the high school.
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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