IN OUR OWN BACKYARD
By Rachel Lopez
Cast of 14: 4 m, 8 w, 2 flexible
Script: 51 pages
When Chris, a popular, straight-A student, suffers the loss of his younger sister in a hit-and-run accident, he is left to struggle through the remainder of his high school career. But Jake Simmons, the star quarterback and class bully, won’t leave him alone and begins to torment Chris about his personal tragedy while taking bullying to a whole new level. Haunted by his sister and reeling in his pain, Chris decides to take matters into his own hands. In Our Own Backyard tells a story of profound loss, personal tragedy, teen angst and violence amongst a group of teenagers navigating their way through a very challenging time -- one week prior to a school shooting and one year later.
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"Honorable Mention” in the 2016 Beverly Hills Theatre Guild's Marilyn Hall Award for Youth Theatre.
"We received wonderful feedback from parents, counselors and students. The biggest response was how it made people think about the way they treat one another and sharpened their awareness of how to not miss prime opportunities to get involved. Parents and teachers welcomed students with tears and a standing ovation. The script connected to the audience." -- Tabb Middle School, Yorktown, VA
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