The Losers' Club

Play #: 2348
Pages: 36 pgs
Cast: 8 m, 6 w

A group of outcast high school students in a small Texas town have formed “The Losers’ Club.” On homecoming evening, these 12 students kidnap the star football player, Joe Taylor, and homecoming queen nominee, Tawny Harris, who have ignored, bullied, and ridiculed members of the club for years. Lead by Trenton, a 17-year-old Goth, the club members put the condescending Joe and Tawny on trial for “crimes committed against their fellow students.” Each member of the “jury” details how he or she has been harassed by Joe, Tawny, and their friends, and how their lives have been affected by the abuse. What is revealed in the testimonies and the result of the trial is a surprise to all. An excellent play to serve as a catalyst for realistic discussions about bullying in schools across America.

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MAZAMA HS 1 Performance(s)
KLAMATH FALLS, OR 3/6/2020
COLUMBUS HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
COLUMBUS, MT 2/22/2020
MANCHESTER ESSEX REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, MA 2/1/2020
SWISD CENTRAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER 2 Performance(s)
SAN ANTONIO, TX 11/15/2019
CENTRAL GA ARTS AND ATHLETICS 2 Performance(s)
FORT VALLEY, GA 10/26/2019
WINFIELD BOE 2 Performance(s)
WINFIELD, AL 5/14/2019
HUCKABAY ISD 1 Performance(s)
STEPHENVILLE, TX 5/10/2019
SKYVIEW HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
NAMPA, ID 4/29/2019
SKYVIEW HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
NAMPA, ID 4/19/2019
1 Performance(s)
NAMPA, ID 4/19/2019
HUCKABAY ISD 1 Performance(s)
STEPHENVILLE, TX 4/15/2019
HUCKABAY ISD 2 Performance(s)
STEPHENVILLE, TX 3/9/2019
FORT OSAGE HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE DEPARTMENT 2 Performance(s)
INDEPENDENCE, MO 1/24/2019
RUTLAND HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
RUTLAND, SD 1/21/2019
LOS BANOS HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
LOS BANOS, CA 11/30/2018
CALERA HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CALERA, AL 11/13/2018
BRACKEN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
BROOKSVILLE, KY 10/7/2018
BAKER HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB 1 Performance(s)
BAKER CITY, OR 5/25/2018
JOHN BURROUGHS MS 3 Performance(s)
BURBANK , CA 5/17/2017
AINSWORTH HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
AINSWORTH, NE 11/21/2016
OVERFELT HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SAN JOSE, CA 11/18/2016
CHRISTCHURCH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CHRISTCHURCH, VA 11/14/2016
BAYARD HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
BAYARD, NE 11/1/2016
SUMMIT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2 Performance(s)
BROKEN ARROW, OK 10/1/2016
ELGIN MIDDLE SCHOOL THEATRE 1 Performance(s)
ELGIN, TX 3/25/2016
GHOLSON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DIS 3 Performance(s)
WACO, TX 3/18/2016
YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
YUCCA VALLEY, CA 1/9/2016
NEW MARK MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
KANSAS CITY, MO 12/10/2015
HAYES CENTER SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
HAYES CENTER, NE 9/15/2015
MAGNET ACADEMY FOR CULTURAL AR 1 Performance(s)
OPELOUSAS, LA 4/25/2015
MAGNET ACADEMY FOR CULTURAL AR 1 Performance(s)
OPELOUSAS, LA 4/25/2015
MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MIDDLETON , ID 4/23/2015
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH HIGH SCH 2 Performance(s)
BLUE SPRINGS, MO 4/16/2015
MAGNET ACADEMY FOR CULTURAL AR 1 Performance(s)
OPELOUSAS, LA 3/12/2015
CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
TAMPA, FL 12/12/2014
SOUTH GWINNETT HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
SNELLVILLE, GA 12/5/2014
SAN YSIDRO HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SAN DIEGO , CA 11/13/2014
ENCORE THEATRE COMPANY, INC. 4 Performance(s)
MOUNT JULIET , TN 6/5/2014
CITY OF PALMDALE 3 Performance(s)
PALMDALE, CA 5/9/2014
REICHER CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WACO, TX 5/7/2014
WHITLEY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WILLIAMSBURG, KY 4/26/2014
TROY ISD 2 Performance(s)
TROY, TX 3/25/2014
ART PARK PLAYERS 1 Performance(s)
DEER PARK, TX 12/15/2013
THEATRE GROUP 3 Performance(s)
GERALDTON, WA 12/7/2013
DHS THEATER 2 Performance(s)
DANSVILLE, NY 11/22/2013
WYOMING HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CINCINNATI, OH 11/15/2013
ATKINSON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PEARSON, GA 10/27/2013
ELECTRA HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ELECTRA, TX 10/15/2013
BOERNE COMMUNITY THEATRE 1 Performance(s)
BOERNE, TX 6/15/2013
SKYVIEW HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
NAMPA, ID 5/11/2013
KOPPERL HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
KOPPERL, TX 3/20/2013
LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA 1 Performance(s)
LAFAYETTE, GA 1/13/2013
VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
LAS VEGAS, NV 12/6/2012
ST. ANTHONY CATHLOIC HS 2 Performance(s)
SAN ANTONIO, TX 11/10/2012
SOUTH ELGIN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SOUTH ELGIN, IL 10/24/2012

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT JONATHAN TURNER SMITH

TALKS ABOUT HIS PLAY “THE LOSERS’ CLUB”

 

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A: When I taught high school in Lubbock, Texas, there were those students who were always targeted for being different. They didn’t fit the “norm” and therefore were ripe for bullying -- nothing violent; just name-calling and verbal abuse. Although I intervened often when I saw this happening, I am not sure I helped much. Sometimes I felt my interference only made the situation worse. I then started to think about what would happen if the bullied students took matters into their own hands. As a result of my observations, I took a playwriting class as part of my master’s program and “The Losers’ Club” is the result.

 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

A: As a writer it is very dangerous to fall in love with one’s own words. There are some lines that are my favorites, but I will let the audience and reader choose these on their own. There are two scenes, however, that standout to me (if I may be so bold). First, I think the blue-lit slow motion bit is very cool. It elicits our emotions without one word of dialogue. I also love the scene toward the end where Pooh quotes Shakespeare to Tawny. I wanted to write non-stereotypical characters (Tawny’s character being the exception). Pooh is a big, brawny, soft-spoken football player who loves Shakespeare, which is a commentary itself on his intelligence. He is so enamored with Tawny that he quotes from “Romeo and Juliet,” completely losing himself in the moment.

 

Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM?

A: I think all the characters are based on a combination of students that I have taught and even those I remember from my high school days. These students who braved high school every day knowing they would be bullied are true heroes to me.

 

Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

A: Of course, I want the play to entertain. What playwright doesn’t? However, I truly hope that after seeing the play performed or even reading it, that it would be a catalyst to realistic discussion about bullying in schools across America. Perhaps that is too grand and lofty of goal for a one-act play. But even if one student is enlightened and realizes how devastating bullying can be, then I will feel the play has been successful.

 

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?

A: I hope high school theatre directors will embrace “The Losers’ Club” and maybe even invite me to a performance!