Debbie Lamedman Playwright/Teaching Artist/Director

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Social Issue Plays for Teens

Since 2009, I have been commissioned to write plays for teens that focus on important social issues.  These plays have all been produced by Pittsburg High School Theatre in Pittsburg, Kansas and are currently available for licensing.

Ignorance is Bliss:  A Global Warning
 A play focusing on Climate Change.  One-Act  Running time: 35-40 minutes.  Flexible casting
 
 Everyday People
 The examination of bullying in elementary school, middle school, and high school.  Two versions.  Version 1 runs 45-50 minutes.  Version 2 runs 20 minutes.
Flexible casting.
 
 Rx
 Teens dealing with prescription drug abuse.  Running time: 50 minutes. 3M 8F
 
You Belong to Me
Dating abuse among teens.  Running time: 50 minutes.  Also a 30 minute version.  Large cast, flexible 
 
 Snowflakes
A theatrical documentary exploring the beauty and wonder of Autism.  Version 1 running time: 50 minutes.  Version 2 running time: 30 minutes.  
18 gender-neutral cast members. 
 
Outside Looking In
An exploration of the social and economic diversity among teens attending the same high school. Running time: 45 minutes.  18 gender-flexible cast members.
 
Digital Natives
A play that examines excessive texting and addictive Internet use among teens.  Running time: 45 minutes.  22 gender-flexible cast members. 
 
 Drowning in Quicksand
 The experiences of teens dealing with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and self-harm. Running time: 45 minutes 22 gender-neutral characters. World premiere April 2017.  
 
 
 The Chasm Between Us
 A close examination of bias, discrimination, and hate in America. Running time: 45 minutes with 22 gender-flexible characters.  World premiere April 2018.