punkplay

punkplay
by Gregory S. Moss

Productions (13)
  • Comedy/Drama
  • 75 - 90 minutes
  • 1 f, 3 m, 2 either (4-6 actors possible: 1-3 f, 3-5 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: Single set.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-233-8

punkplay
by Gregory S. Moss

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Productions (13)
  • Comedy/Drama
  • 75 - 90 minutes
  • 1 f, 3 m, 2 either (4-6 actors possible: 1-3 f, 3-5 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: Single set.

A history of America in the 1980s, an idiosyncratic genealogy of punk rock music, and a personal narrative of growing up as an outsider, punkplay is a mix tape tribute to the excesses and energy of adolescence. Mickey, a thirteen-year-old suburban misfit, is befriended by an angry runaway named Duck. Together, the boys attempt to reinvent themselves using punk rock, but as reality threatens to crash in on them, their fabricated world of amped-up music and shocking band names becomes just as oppressive as the society they're desperate to reject.

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Performance Fee $80
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $18.99

Play Details

A history of America in the 1980s, an idiosyncratic genealogy of punk rock music, and a personal narrative of growing up as an outsider, punkplay is a mix tape tribute to the excesses and energy of adolescence. Mickey, a thirteen-year-old suburban misfit, is befriended by an angry runaway named Duck. Together, the boys attempt to reinvent themselves using punk rock, but as reality threatens to crash in on them, their fabricated world of amped-up music and shocking band names becomes just as oppressive as the society they're desperate to reject.

  • Comedy/Drama
  • 75 - 90 minutes
  • 1 f, 3 m, 2 either (4-6 actors possible: 1-3 f, 3-5 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: Single set.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-233-8

Published Reviews

"In staccato scenes inspired by punk anthems, Moss captures the clammy intensity of adolescent bonding: arousal by contraband porn; battles over band names; preening in search of authenticity... [It's] political satire meets Pee-wee's Playhouse."

Jacob Gallagher-Ross, Village Voice

"In scenes as rat-a-tat as a Ramones track, the [characters] battle over band names, experience their first porn and hero-worship their local idol... Did we mention this all takes place on roller skates?... Moss finally provides Mickey with an explicit lesson we can only wish we'd been gifted with."

Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago (5 Star Review)

"A funny, sad, all-too-true coming-of-age tale... Moss' script is dead-on..."

Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

"...an exciting, ferocious new play, transcending its subjects of punk, the 80s, and adolescence to form a kind of intense and meaningful fever dream, an ode to individuality... Moss's work, like adolescence, like the 80s, hides beneath its surface violent truths on the verge of ripping the comforting fabric of childhood asunder."

Max Rosen, NEWTHEATERCORPS

"...an incredibly funny play, with dialogue that runs between witty banter and insults of a Beavis and Butthead nature...and some of the worst and best names of nonexistent punk bands you've never heard of... But the most impressive feat lies in the final scenes of the play, which explore the real ideology of punk music, as opposed to its mere fashion, and actually manage to make it seem relevant again."

Monica Westin, New City Stage

"A dizzying display of testosterone talent."

Van Loan, NYConstage.org

"Fun, insightful, and jagged around the edges...like that ratty Sex Pistols shirt my friend wore out in high school, I'm guessing the rips were put there on purpose... Moss's script is full of brilliant dialogue... Bullies, the mysteries of sex, and the tricky negotiations of teen friendship are all paraded out in weird, unexpected, and funny ways."

Heather Lee Rogers, nytheatre.com

Production History

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Location
OCT 31, 2015 - OCT 31, 2015
Woodshed Theater Ensemble
Poughkeepsie, NY United States
Woodshed Theater Ensemble Poughkeepsie, NY United States
JUN 26, 2014 - JUN 28, 2014
Capital T Theatre
Austin, TX United States
Capital T Theatre Austin, TX United States
MAY 29, 2014 - JUN 21, 2014
Capital T Theatre
Austin, TX United States
Capital T Theatre Austin, TX United States
FEB 22, 2013 - MAR 02, 2013
Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club
Cambridge, MA United States
Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club Cambridge, MA United States
SEP 14, 2012 - SEP 29, 2012
Stray Cat Theatre
Tempe, AZ United States
Stray Cat Theatre Tempe, AZ United States
SEP 13, 2012 - SEP 15, 2012
The World's Stage Theatre Company
Milwaukee, WI United States
The World's Stage Theatre Company Milwaukee, WI United States
SEP 06, 2012 - SEP 08, 2012
The World's Stage Theatre Company
Milwaukee, WI United States
The World's Stage Theatre Company Milwaukee, WI United States
JUL 27, 2012 - JUL 29, 2012
Alphabet Arts
Morgan Hill, CA United States
Alphabet Arts Morgan Hill, CA United States
MAY 26, 2011 - MAY 29, 2011
Hunter TAFE
Newcastle, NSW Australia
Hunter TAFE Newcastle, NSW Australia
NOV 11, 2010 - NOV 20, 2010
Clark University
Worcester, MA United States
Clark University Worcester, MA United States
FEB 18, 2010 - APR 25, 2010
Steppenwolf Garage / Pavement Group
Chicago, IL United States
Steppenwolf Garage / Pavement Group Chicago, IL United States
JUN 07, 2009 - JUN 13, 2009
Clubbed Thumb
New York, NY United States
Clubbed Thumb New York, NY United States
APR 09, 2008 - APR 10, 2008
Brown University MFA New Play Festival
Providence, RI United States
Brown University MFA New Play Festival Providence, RI United States
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JUN 26, 2014 - JUN 28, 2014
Capital T Theatre
Austin, TX United States
Capital T Theatre Austin, TX United States
MAY 29, 2014 - JUN 21, 2014
Capital T Theatre
Austin, TX United States
Capital T Theatre Austin, TX United States
JUN 07, 2009 - JUN 13, 2009
Clubbed Thumb
New York, NY United States
Clubbed Thumb New York, NY United States