Things To Not Do is a full-length play (116 pages) that follows the lives of 12 high school students over the course of a school year at fictional Lincoln High. It explores aspects of being a modern day teen with all of the confusion, humor, drama, trepidation, and self-discovery that it entails. TTND is a contemporary update on the cultural and social minefield that is high school. |
Carmelo is paralyzed by the allure of the girls thong who sits in front of him in Mr. Nesbits class. If he could only muster the courage to say hello. Kendal is dating the best catch at Lincoln High but beginning to chafe at the limitations of the relationship. Rashaad is determined to get a girlfriend- and has a bulletproof plan for success. Alex dreams of simply being in the same room with a girl without his sweat glands going into overdrive. Angela has a dark past that she would give anything undo. Mitch has his own secret that hes just trying to keep buried until graduation- and freedom. Lars, who has Aspergers Syndrome, is doing his best to avoid social gaffes and fit himself into the neuro-typical world of high school. Sammi is hopelessly crushing on the girl of her dreams, and Marvin cant do anything to convince her that shes barking up the wrong tree. And The Mellow Man, the school radio station DJ, provides a narrative and philosophical throughline as well as the essential high school soundtrack.
By the end of the last act, TTND examines issues of relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, loyalty, conformity, depression, kindness, and self-acceptance. Its comedic, dramatic, relatable for todays youth, yet sprinkled with a touch of magical realism. If there's an identifiable moral, it might be: No matter how much crap life throws your way, never stop being you.
*Material may not be suitable for younger audiences. Content includes adult themes & topics.
Neuqua Valley High School Fine Arts Auditorium (View)
2360 95th Street
Naperville, IL 60564
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|