Child's Play

by  Robert Marasco

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 9boy(s)

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.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 9boy(s)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.
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Reviews

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Setting: St. Charles' Boarding School for Boys in midwinter. The present.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

6m, 9boy(s)

FACULTY:
PAUL REESE
FATHER PENNY
FATHER GRIFFIN
JEROME MALLEY
JOSEPH DOBBS
FATHER MOZIAN

STUDENTS:
CARRE
MEDLEY
BANKS
JENNINGS
O'DONNELL
SHEA
WILSON
MCARDLE
TRAVIS

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Cast Attributes

  • All Male
  • Features Teens

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Authors

Robert Marasco

Robert Marasco

CHILD'S PLAY was first presented at the Royale Theatre in New York City on February 17, 1970. Directed by Joseph Hardy.

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