Screenagers

Play #: 2188
Pages: 26 pgs
Cast: 10 m, 9 w, 2 flexible

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.

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SPRING COVE SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 Performance(s)
ROARING SPRING, PA 5/15/2021
SUGG MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BRADENTON, FL 4/30/2021
NORTH POCONO MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SPRING BROOK TWP, PA 3/31/2021
HOVEN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HOVEN, SD 3/27/2021
TONASKET SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 Performance(s)
TONASKET, WA 4/24/2019
DES MOINES SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
DES MOINES, NM 9/20/2018
MILLSTONE TWP. MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MILLSTONE TWP, NJ 5/18/2018
PLAZA HEIGHTS CHRISTIAN ACADEM 1 Performance(s)
BLUE SPRINGS, MO 5/18/2018
HOGG HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HOUSTON , TX 11/20/2017
CLATSKANIE MIDDLE HIGH 2 Performance(s)
CLATSKANIE, OR 11/17/2017
PEET JUNIOR HIGH 2 Performance(s)
CONROE, TX 11/11/2017
CONTRA COSTA COLLEGE BOOKSTORE 2 Performance(s)
SAN PABLO, CA 11/1/2017
DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 1 Performance(s)
DUBOIS, PA 5/21/2017
TAYS JUNIOR HIGH 1 Performance(s)
KATY, TX 5/15/2017
I.S. 59 1 Performance(s)
SPRINGFIELD GARDENS , NY 4/21/2017
REDWOOD CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
SAN LORENZO, CA 4/21/2017
WEST BRUNSWICK HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SHALLOTTE, NC 3/20/2017
NORTHWEST CABARRUS MIDDLE SCHO 2 Performance(s)
CONCORD, NC 1/12/2017
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ORANGE CITY, IA 11/3/2016
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GLEN ULLIN, ND 10/15/2016
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CANON CITY, CO 9/24/2016
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MANCHESTER, PA 9/24/2016
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SHELBY TWP., MI 6/10/2016
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THORNTON, CO 5/5/2016
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DEVILS LAKE, ND 3/29/2016
ALLAMAKEE COMMUNITY SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WAUKON, IA 3/15/2016
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LEXINGTON, KY 3/15/2016
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SANTA ROSA, CA 2/15/2016
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AKRON, IA 1/23/2016
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KIMBERLEY, BC 12/11/2015
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GILLETTE, WY 11/23/2015
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SPRING, TX 11/5/2015
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LAKOTA, ND 11/3/2015
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CENTENNIAL, CO 10/16/2015
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TEXAS CITY , TX 10/15/2015
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COVINGTON, WA 6/11/2015
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IOWA PARK, TX 5/15/2015
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CARSON CITY, NV 5/15/2015
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UTOPIA, TX 5/2/2015
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DUNCANNON, PA 3/27/2015
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MESQUITE, TX 2/4/2015
SEWARD HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SEWARD, AK 12/1/2014
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DOVER, OH 11/13/2014
UNIVERSITY CITY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ST. LOUIS, MO 10/31/2014
SHATTERGLASS PRODUCTIONS 2 Performance(s)
ST. PETERS, MO 8/8/2014
ALBEMARLE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA 6/5/2014
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CONNEAUT LAKE, PA 5/15/2014
LEFLER MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LINCOLN, NE 4/29/2014
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NORTON, MA 3/7/2014
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REXBURG, ID 2/4/2014
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LOWELL, MI 11/15/2013
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OWENSBORO, KY 10/28/2013
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ATLANTA, GA 10/17/2013
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WILMINGTON, DE 4/10/2013
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NORTH SUTTON, NH 3/15/2013
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TILLAMOOK, OR 3/5/2013
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SAN JOSE, CA 3/1/2013
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ALBEMARLE, NC 2/19/2013
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SEVERN, MD 1/10/2013
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URBANA, MO 11/16/2012
DE QUEEN HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
DE QUEEN, AR 11/15/2012
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MIDDLE RIVER, MN 11/8/2012
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VERGENNES, VT 7/19/2012
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DUBOIS, PA 5/20/2012
LEMOORE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LEMOORE, CA 5/7/2012
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ALBUQUERQUE, NM 3/15/2012
AKRON -WESTFIELD COMMUNITY 1 Performance(s)
AKRON, IA 1/19/2012

Behind The Scenes

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…