written by Brad Slaight

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Middle Class, Too coverIn Middle Class, Too we find students making the transition from childhood as they navigate that uncertain passage into becoming adults. Through these scenes and monologues we hear their voices, feel their emotions, and observe their interactions. We also see that young people of pre-teen and early teen years are incredibly resilient. Over the course of the school year the students at this middle school will add one more year of growth to their lives not just academically, but emotionally and socially as well.

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Third Class CoverFlexible Large Cast. Third Class is the fourth in Brad Slaight's "Class" plays series and continues to explore the school experience from the students' POV via the many experiences they encounter as they interact with each other outside of the classroom. Like the other Class Plays,Third Class addresses a variety of contemporary topics and issues, both humorous and serious, that make up the important and unpredictable high school years.

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Copies cover2m. 6f. Full length play in two acts. The setting for this play is an orientation camp for new teenage clones. They are sent to “Camp I.M.U” fresh from the lab to make a transition into the world of the “Originals” who have ordered them made. The newest “Copy” (a word they prefer to “clone”) to arrive is a very bright and positive teenager named Michael who soon realizes what the other copies in his cottage have known for awhile – that their stay at the camp is much longer than they had thought. Michael befriends a rebellious Copy named Melissa, who does not get along with her Original and refuses to change her attitude in order to please her. She informs Michael, and the other Copies, that she is going to escape from the camp and fight for what she calls “copy rights”.

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middle class cover6f. 4m. (Flexible casting.)

Middle Class continues the exploration of student life outside of the classroom by the author of Class Action and Second Class.  This time the focus is on the life and times of students who are in Middle School/Junior High and the joys, struggles, and growing pains they face.

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Class Action

class action coverFlexible cast. An evening of twenty-five short scenes and monologues. Commissioned by the Tony Award winning American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) In San Francisco, this play has won critical acclaim for its entertaining yet relevant and realistic portrayal of life at a High School. The many diverse scenes collectively make up the play. Although each scene stands on its own, there is a common thread - all of the vignettes deal with situations that take place outside the classroom, perhaps the most important experiences that young people deal with while attending High School.

"Class Action is funny...clever and inventive." - 20th Century Reviews (4 Stars)

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Sightings & High Tide

Sightings and High Tide CoverSIGHTINGS  2m. 1f. Ext. Jarred sits alone in a clearing awaiting a visitor from afar who will take him and his lifelong friend, Julie, to planet Zun. He and Julie have been friends for years, but the pressure of social acceptance has created a canyon in their relationship and Julie has gone to the prom with someone else. When Julie's loser date for the prom shows up, Jarred must defend himself and the woman he's loved all his life.

HIGH TIDE  3m. 2f. Ext. On a California beach, two surfers have just come from the funeral of a close friend. The two young men confide in each other about Kirk, and they agree that possibly, they never really knew him. A chance encounter with two young Midwestern women on vaction helps the guys sort out feelings about the death of their best friend, and reveals the truth about Kirk's passing.

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The Road Taken

The Road Taken CoverThree One Act Comedies: The Open Road (1f,2m); Joy Ride (4f); Up Late with Ryan (5f,2m). The Road Taken represents the many choices young adults are presented with in the world. The Open Road mixes contemporary and classic language, as a young man is so inspired by poet Walt Whitman that he decides to impersonate him, much to the dismay of his parents. In Joy Ride, four high school girls embark on a risky journey when one of the girls “borrows” a driver’s education car for a very important reason and asks her friends to come along. Up Late with Ryan is not your typical “late night talk show” because it is hosted by a high school student and all the guests are people from his life.

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*This play was chosen by the University of Scranton for their freshman orientation. All incoming freshman were given a copy.

"'The Open Road' is a great play. It brings across a very good point to cherish your children and take time out for them because they grow up fast." - The Skyliner, North Greenville College

  Second Class

second class cover6f. 4m. (Flexible casting.) Suggested Scenery. Full length play runs about 90 minutes. This continuation of Class Action covers a variety of contemporary subjects, both serious and lighthearted. In too many plays, high school students are presented as angst-ridden teens desperately trying to make it through each day. Yes, there are plenty of obstacles, but as this play shows, there are plenty of good times and lots of laughter, too.

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