The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide

The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide
by Sean Graney

Productions (39)
  • Drama/Comedy
  • 60 minutes
  • 5 f, 2 m
  • Content Notes: Adult content
  • Set: A sparely-furnished elementary school classroom.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-176-8

The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide
by Sean Graney

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Productions (39)
  • Drama/Comedy
  • 60 minutes
  • 5 f, 2 m
  • Content Notes: Adult content
  • Set: A sparely-furnished elementary school classroom.

When 4th grader Johnny shoots himself, he leaves behind a play as a suicide note that the kids in his class are forced to perform as a memorial. As friends and bullies assume the roles of Johnny and his classmates, a heartbreaking, darkly curious story emerges, offering a glimpse into the motivation behind Johnny's actions.

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Pricing Information

Min. Performance Fee* $80
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $18.99

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Play Details

When 4th grader Johnny shoots himself, he leaves behind a play as a suicide note that the kids in his class are forced to perform as a memorial. As friends and bullies assume the roles of Johnny and his classmates, a heartbreaking, darkly curious story emerges, offering a glimpse into the motivation behind Johnny's actions.

Special feature: Author-suggested changes to update the play (PDF)

  • Drama/Comedy
  • 60 minutes
  • 5 f, 2 m
  • Content Notes: Adult content
  • Set: A sparely-furnished elementary school classroom.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-176-8

Published Reviews

"...by the shattering conclusion of this unusual work, it has achieved its own kind of poetry."

Jason Zinoman, The New York Times

"Graney's play gives audiences unprecedented access to the hyperreal landscape of the developing mind."

Kevin Greene, Newcity Stage

"...an idiosyncratically clever one-act, as precisely tooled as a Swiss music box."

John Beer, The Village Voice

Production History

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Production Group
Location
MAR 23, 2018 - MAR 31, 2018
Lac Cardinal Reginal Performing Arts Society
Grimshaw, AB Canada
Lac Cardinal Reginal Performing Arts Society Grimshaw, AB Canada
NOV 27, 2017 - NOV 28, 2017
Strathcona High School
Edmonton, AB Canada
Strathcona High School Edmonton, AB Canada
AUG 14, 2017 - AUG 14, 2017
N/A
Rockford, IL United States
N/A Rockford, IL United States
JUN 11, 2017 - JUN 11, 2017
N/A
Machesney Park, IL United States
N/A Machesney Park, IL United States
APR 06, 2017 - APR 09, 2017
Loyola University Maryland
Baltimore, MD United States
Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD United States
MAR 23, 2017 - MAR 24, 2017
Drake University
Des Moines, IA United States
Drake University Des Moines, IA United States
MAR 09, 2017 - MAR 11, 2017
University Of Toronto Mississauga Drama Club
Missisauga, ON Canada
University Of Toronto Mississauga Drama Club Missisauga, ON Canada
FEB 22, 2017 - FEB 26, 2017
Lock Haven University
Lock Haven, PA United States
Lock Haven University Lock Haven, PA United States
JUN 09, 2016 - JUN 11, 2016
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH United States
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH United States
APR 01, 2016 - APR 02, 2016
John Glenn HS
Upland, CA United States
John Glenn HS Upland, CA United States
MAR 31, 2016 - APR 13, 2016
UNCW Department Of Theatre
Wilmington, NC United States
UNCW Department Of Theatre Wilmington, NC United States
JAN 08, 2016 - JAN 15, 2016
John Glenn HS
Norwalk, CA United States
John Glenn HS Norwalk, CA United States
OCT 29, 2015 - NOV 07, 2015
Senn Arts Magent High School
Chicago, IL United States
Senn Arts Magent High School Chicago, IL United States
OCT 29, 2015 - NOV 07, 2015
Senn Arts Magent High School
Chicago, IL United States
Senn Arts Magent High School Chicago, IL United States
JAN 09, 2015 - JAN 24, 2015
Ghost Light Theatricals
Seattle, WA United States
Ghost Light Theatricals Seattle, WA United States
NOV 15, 2014 - NOV 15, 2014
Rumble Productions Society
Vancouver, BC Canada
Rumble Productions Society Vancouver, BC Canada
NOV 12, 2014 - NOV 15, 2014
Rumble Productions Society
Vancouver, BC Canada
Rumble Productions Society Vancouver, BC Canada
JUN 26, 2014 - JUN 28, 2014
Le Moyne College
Syracuse, NY United States
Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY United States
MAY 30, 2014 - JUN 01, 2014
Theatre Of Western Springs
Western Springs, IL United States
Theatre Of Western Springs Western Springs, IL United States
FEB 14, 2014 - FEB 22, 2014
Le Moyne College
Syracuse, NY United States
Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY United States
NOV 14, 2013 - NOV 21, 2013
Community College Of Denver
Denver, CO United States
Community College Of Denver Denver, CO United States
OCT 11, 2013 - OCT 20, 2013
American repertory Thetaer/Moscow Art Theacter SchooI nstitute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University
Cambridge, MA United States
American repertory Thetaer/Moscow Art Theacter SchooI nstitute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University Cambridge, MA United States
APR 18, 2013 - APR 18, 2014
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH United States
Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH United States
APR 12, 2013 - APR 12, 2013
We Are One
Ithaca, NY United States
We Are One Ithaca, NY United States
JAN 24, 2013 - JAN 27, 2013
Hunter College
New York, NY United States
Hunter College New York, NY United States
SEP 29, 2012 - OCT 28, 2012
Coeurage Theatre Company
West Hollywood, CA United States
Coeurage Theatre Company West Hollywood, CA United States
MAY 17, 2012 - MAY 17, 2012
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Overland Park, KS United States
Blue Valley Northwest High School Overland Park, KS United States
MAR 22, 2012 - MAR 23, 2012
Arts Academy At Benjamin Rush
Philadelphia, PA United States
Arts Academy At Benjamin Rush Philadelphia, PA United States
NOV 10, 2011 - NOV 11, 2011
Nicholls State University
Thibodaux, LA United States
Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA United States
APR 15, 2011 - APR 16, 2011
University Of Puget Sound
Tacoma, WA United States
University Of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA United States
APR 07, 2011 - APR 07, 2011
Ravenscroft School Fine Arts
Raleigh, NC United States
Ravenscroft School Fine Arts Raleigh, NC United States
DEC 08, 2010 - DEC 09, 2010
DreamStem Productions
New York, NY United States
DreamStem Productions New York, NY United States
NOV 02, 2010 - NOV 16, 2010
Northern Light Theatre
Edmonton, AB Canada
Northern Light Theatre Edmonton, AB Canada
NOV 02, 2010 - NOV 14, 2010
Northern Light Theatre
Edmonton, AB Canada
Northern Light Theatre Edmonton, AB Canada
JAN 01, 2009 - DEC 31, 2009
Louisiana State University
Shreveport, LA United States
Louisiana State University Shreveport, LA United States
SEP 01, 2008 - SEP 30, 2009
59E59 (presented by The Hypocrites)
New York, NY United States
59E59 (presented by The Hypocrites) New York, NY United States
OCT 01, 2005 - OCT 31, 2005
Stray Cat Theatre
Phoenix, AZ United States
Stray Cat Theatre Phoenix, AZ United States
SEP 01, 2004 - SEP 30, 2004
The Hypocrites
Chicago, IL United States
The Hypocrites Chicago, IL United States
APR 30, 2003 - APR 30, 2003
the side project
Chicago, IL United States
the side project Chicago, IL United States
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Production Group
Location
MAR 23, 2018 - MAR 31, 2018
Lac Cardinal Reginal Performing Arts Society
Grimshaw, AB Canada
Lac Cardinal Reginal Performing Arts Society Grimshaw, AB Canada
NOV 27, 2017 - NOV 28, 2017
Strathcona High School
Edmonton, AB Canada
Strathcona High School Edmonton, AB Canada
Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
NOV 02, 2010 - NOV 14, 2010
Northern Light Theatre
Edmonton, AB Canada
Northern Light Theatre Edmonton, AB Canada

Awards (1)

After Dark Award, Chicago (2004)