Hyper-Focus

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.

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Hyper-Focus

by  Jim Knable

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

“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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting:

    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

Music

  • Musical Style: Folk
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Chorus Size: Small

Casting

2m, 3f
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

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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Authors

Jim Knable

Jim Knable's play SPAIN was professionally produced at MCC Theatre (dir. Jeremy Dobrish 2007), Summer Play Festival (2006), Woolly Mammoth Theatre (2001), Actor's Express in Atlanta, New Jersey Rep, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis, and various other regional and university theatres. G ...

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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.

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