Facing-Up

by  Cynthia Mercati

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  9m, 13f

"High schools are going to be able to relate to this." - Urbandale High School student who performed in Facing-Up

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 13f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 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

Martin, T.J., Shane, Anna Beth and Johnny, each have secrets that  influence their behavior. Martin is trying to find the courage to stand up to Johnny, the school bully. Johnny, bitter about his father deserting him, takes his anger out on others. T.J. uses romantic fantasies to get through life, and Anna Beth moves from school to school to hide her secret. The dilemmas addressed in the show are what's happening now, in schools across the country.  Martin does find the way to be courageous - be yourself. T.J. gives up her fantasies when Martin reveals he has a crush on her. Shane, with help from Anna Beth, realizes he has a world beyond what his brother has given him - a world of new hope.

When Anna Beth makes a startling confession to the "cool," girls about her grandmother, who resembles a bag lady, we learn the theme of the show: "I don't care what any of you think of her. Or me. I did care. I cared so much I wanted her to disappear, and never come back. Every time someone did find out, I'd make us move. Every place we went, I'd make up stories, just so people would think I was somebody. But I'm done wanting to be anything else but what I am."

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Reviews

"High schools are going to be able to relate to this." - Urbandale High School students who performed in Facing-Up

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The time is now, the place a run-down neighborhood. The set can be representational or fully developed.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • 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

9m, 13f
MARTIN FENTON
SHANE RUSSO
JOHNNY POMERANIAN
WIRLER
CHUCK WEASLER
GLENN
RON
LARRY RUSSO
STEVE
TJ LAVELLE
ANNA BETH MORTON
KELSEY FENTON
SUE
NATALIE
LINDA
SPIKE
PATTI
LORIE
DARLENE
TESS RUSSO
THE OLD WOMAN
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Teens
  • Room for Extras

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Authors

Cynthia Mercati

Cynthia Mercati has had shows performed in each of the fifty US states, as well as Australia and Canada. Many of her plays are published by Samuel French. As Playwright-in-Residence at the Des Moines, Iowa, Playhouse, Ms. Mercait wrote a show each season for Actors on Tour, the professional childre ...

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Facing Up received its world premiere on November 3, 1989, in Urbandale, Iowa. It was directed by Robert Prigge, assisted by Candace Berkley, presented at the Urbandale Performing Arts center.

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