In this fast-paced, technology-saturated world, can teenagers really survive without laptops, i-pads, cell phones and other mobile devices? Has high-speeding texting replaced face-to-face communication? Do apps substitute for thoughtful conversation? From breaking up on Facebook, to in-class research, to real-time dating advice, this play delves into the world of teens to see how they navigate with (or - gasp! - without) technology. "Screenagers" is a humorous look at how technology is shaping the way we socialize, communicate, and—hang on, I’ve got a call coming in.
PLAYWRIGHTS JANE AND JIM JEFFRIES
TALK ABOUT THEIR PLAY “SCREENAGERS”
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: I am a high school teacher and my wife is a lecturer at college, and we both get amused and frustrated by how distracted our students are by technology. So, if you can’t beat ‘em, write about ‘em.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: My wife’s favorite part of the play is the classroom scene “because it’s so familiar.” My favorite is the potato gun because I’m a guy.
Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: The characters are based upon students we’ve had and on our own children. I once had an entire conversation with my son before I realized he was talking to someone else on his cell phone.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: We mostly want people to laugh at their own foibles. But we also have a serious message that technology is threatening authentic relationship.
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
A: The most important thing I wish to add is … hold it, my cell phone is ringing. I’ll get back to you…