by Joe Calarco
Full Length Play, Drama / 2m, 7f
From the collection Signature in the Schools Vol. I. Signature in the Schools uses theater to open the minds and broaden the viewpoints of local teens while engaging them in a positive creative experience.
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.
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $55 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, 1940s / WWII
- Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
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
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
Q - Female (could be male) 17yo. A slam poet.
RUTHIE - Female. 17yo. American. Jewish. Inquisitive. Smart. Sensitive. Angry.
AYANA - Female. 19yo. African American. Passionate.
RUTH - Female 14yo. Jewish girl during the Holocaust. Haunted.
MAKEMBA - Female 16yo. From the Democratic Republic of Congo. Smart. Protective.
NEGIE - Female 14yo. From the Democractic Republic of Congo. Playful. Resourceful.
SARAH - Female 14yo. A hidden child of the Holocaust in Belgium. Effervescent.
PATRICK - Male. 18yo. Smart. Goes where the wind takes him.
TIMOTHY - Male. 20yo. American. Jewish. Works for the Red Cross. Compassionate.
FATHER TIMOTHY - Male. 30yo. A Catholic priest in Belgium post WWII. Played by the same actor who plays Timothy. Caring.
- Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
- Roles for Teens
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.