by Joe Calarco
Full Length Play, Drama / 11m, 4f
From the collection Signature in Schools Vol. II. 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.
It’s 2013. The U.S. Government is shutdown. High School student Samantha Barnes sneaks onto the Washington Mall to build a monument to her father who committed suicide after fighting in Afghanistan. Her presence on the deserted mall calls up the spirits of soldiers from other American wars. As her fantastical night progresses she also gets a visit from another trespasser on the Mall—Judith who has jumped the barricades of the WWII memorial to honor her father who fought at D-Day. The two women help each other make peace with their fathers.
KeywordsAdolescence, Black issues, Current Events, Death, Friendship, Memory, Parenting/Family, Politics, War
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, New Millennium/21st Century, 1940s / WWII
- Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
The National Mall in Washington, DC.
- Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
WWII SOLDIER 1 - 18yo. Army.
WWII SOLDIER 2 - 18yo Paratrooper.
WWII SOLDIER 3 - 19yo. Army medic. African American.
WWII SOLDIER 4 / RAYMOND - 18yo. Army. Judith's Father.
WWII SOLDIER 5 - 18yo. Air force.
WWII SOLDIER 6 - 17yo. Army.
SAMANTHA - 16yo. Smart. Passionate. Determined.
AMANDA - 17yo. Samantha’s best friend.
EDWARD - 18yo. Korean War soldier.
BEAN - 19yo. Vietnam War soldier. African American.
JACOB - 16yo. Civil War Soldier.
“ALBERT” - 20yo. A woman posing as a man in the Civil War.
DOMINIC - 19yo. Samantha’s brother.
RYAN - 18yo. Dominic’s roommate.
JUDITH - 70yo. Daughter of a WWII Vet.
- Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Features Teens
- Parts for Senior Actors
If doubling is done the characters are paired:
Hero Worship was commissioned and produced in 2014 by Tony Award winning Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia for the flagship education program Signature in the Schools.