Directing Scene Selections F53

Hype Man: a Break Beat Play by Idris Goodwin (Playscripts

 "Frontman Pinnacle and his hype man Verb have been making Hip-Hop together since they were kids. Now that they’ve got top-notch beatmaker Peep One in the mix, the group is finally on the verge of making it big—until the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager shakes the trio to its core, and forces them to navigate issues of friendship, race, and privilege. The latest from break beat poet and playwright Idris Goodwin (HOW WE GOT ON), HYPE MAN asks us: who has the responsibility to speak up in the face of social injustice?"


Shoe by Marisela Treviño Orta (script can be obtained via SDC Coordinator and or

"In the sixteen years since her father left, Marta has felt trapped in her family's double-wide in Texas. She gave up college and stayed home to take care of her siblings and mother. Just as a secret online relationship reignites Marta's dreams and curiosity about the world outside, her siblings each decide they will do anything it takes to escape their home lives - even if it means leaving Marta behind."


Do You Feel Anger? by Mara Nelson-Greenberg (Samuel French)

 "Sofia is hired as an empathy coach at a debt collection agency — and clearly, she has her work cut out for her. These employees can barely identify what an emotion is, much less practice deep, radical compassion for others. As they painstakingly stumble towards enlightenment, someone keeps mugging Eva in the kitchen, and the unspoken dynamics of their seemingly blithe workplace culture become increasingly unsettling."


Twelfth Night adapted by Dr. Emily Rollie (NPX)

 "Duke Orsino of Illyria is in love with Olivia, but his advances are rejected. A shipwrecked Viola arrives on his shores, and with the help of a Captain, disguises herself as a boy, calling herself Cesario, and enters Orsino's service. Orsino takes to Cesario, and sends 'him' to woo Olivia for him."


The Day We Were Born by Jaisey Bates (NPX)

 "On a day in the northernmost U.S. city two whales are freed and two boys are born. Raised as brothers within a culture and climate in crisis, they join the Alaskan National Guard in high school and are activated for service after graduation. From the freezing Arctic Circle to the sweltering deserts of Iraq the past and present coexist in a race against time trying to bring everyone together before it’s too late."


Black Super Hero Magic Mama by Inda Craig-Galvan (NPX)

 "Sabrina Jackson cannot cope with the death of her son by a White cop. Rather than herald the Black Lives Matter movement, Sabrina retreats inward, living out a comic book superhero fantasy. Will Sabrina stay in this dream world or return to reality and mourn her loss?"


Good Kids by Naomi Iizuka (Playscripts

 "Something happened to Chloe after that party last Saturday night. Something she says she can't remember. Something everybody is talking about. Set at a Midwestern high school, in a world of Facebook and Twitter, smartphones and YouTube, Good Kids explores a casual sexual encounter gone wrong and its very public aftermath. Who's telling the truth? Whose version of the story do you believe? And what does that say about you?"


Orange by Aditi Brenna Kapil (Samuel French)

 "An adventure through Orange County told from the perspective of a girl on the autism spectrum. A play with illustrations."


Three Sisters adapted by Maiya Corral (script can be obtained via SDC coordinator and or

 "In a small Russian town at the turn of the century, three sisters (Olga, Irina, and Masha) and their brother Andrei live, but dream daily of their return to their former home in Moscow, where life is charming and stimulatingly meaningful. But for now, they exist in a malaise of dissatisfaction."


The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson (Dramatists Play Service INC.)

 "Four beautiful, badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world. It's a true story. Or total fiction. Or a play about a play. Or a raucous resurrection…that ends in a song and a scaffold.