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The Gifted Program - ePublication

Full Length, Drama
9 men, 6 women (inlcuding 1 man extra) or 6 men, 3 women (with doubling)
Total Cast: 16, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-2671-0


MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $105 per performance.
THE STORY: In 1986, at the very bottom of Washington High's social food chain are the last remaining members of the Dungeons & Dragons' club: four maladapted refugees from a defunct program for gifted and talented students, who have been thrown into the harsh arena of an inner-city public high school. When the identity of a secret admirer is revealed, the school's rigid hierarchy is upended; for Washington High's four most unpopular students, the simple pursuit of an education becomes a fight for survival.

An alternative version with language appropriate for high schools is available here.
“…Carbajal’s humor alternates between lacerating and indulgent, and never slackens.” —The New Yorker.