by Jim Knable
Full Length Play, Comedy / 2m, 3f
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.
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
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary
- Duration: 40 minutes
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.
- Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
- Musical Style: Folk
- Vocal Demands: Easy
- Chorus Size: Small
- Ensemble cast
- Non-Traditional casting
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
- Local Celebrity Cameo
- Roles for Children
- Room for Extras
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.
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Optional Lead Sheet available.
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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.