The Diary of a Teenage Girl

The Diary of a Teenage Girl
by Marielle Heller

Productions (2)
  • Drama
  • 90 - 100 minutes
  • 3 f, 2 m (5-9 actors possible: 3-5 f, 2-4 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content; adult images
  • Set: Ability to project images and videos on stage.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-293-2

The Diary of a Teenage Girl
by Marielle Heller

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Productions (2)
  • Drama
  • 90 - 100 minutes
  • 3 f, 2 m (5-9 actors possible: 3-5 f, 2-4 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content; adult images
  • Set: Ability to project images and videos on stage.

Expulsion, a drunken mother, drug abuse, and an affair with her mom's boyfriend: these are the elements that make up fifteen-year-old Minnie's life as she grows up in the chaos of the 70s. But Minnie is incredibly bright and self-reflective, and narrates her story in her diary with brutally honest words and drawings. This acclaimed adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner's graphic novel sparkles with wit, curiosity, and optimism despite the loneliness and abuse that Minnie encounters. A poignant look into an ugly adolescence. Read More

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Pricing Information

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

*The per performance fee begins at $80. Your per performance fee will be provided during the ordering process.

Play Details

Expulsion, a drunken mother, drug abuse, and an affair with her mom's boyfriend: these are the elements that make up fifteen-year-old Minnie's life as she grows up in the chaos of the 70s. But Minnie is incredibly bright and self-reflective, and narrates her story in her diary with brutally honest words and drawings. This acclaimed adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner's graphic novel sparkles with wit, curiosity, and optimism despite the loneliness and abuse that Minnie encounters. A poignant look into an ugly adolescence.

Please note that the script of this play contains selected illustrations by Phoebe Gloeckner. Some of these illustrations depict adult imagery and content.

Selected images from the original production are available; contact Playscripts for details.

  • Drama
  • 90 - 100 minutes
  • 3 f, 2 m (5-9 actors possible: 3-5 f, 2-4 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content; adult images
  • Set: Ability to project images and videos on stage.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-293-2

Published Reviews

"The great achievement of The Diary of a Teenage Girl, adapted from Phoebe Gloeckner's graphic novel, is to take the girl's point of view seriously. Neither sentimental nor judgmental, Diary presents Minnie Goetze as a smart, creative, passionate young woman, and the production's only agenda is to be true to her experience."

Backstage (Critic's Pick)

"The Diary of a Teenage Girl, the compelling 2002 novel in words and comics by Phoebe Gloeckner, stings with truth... Now 'Diary' -- an account of Minnie's largely unsupervised adolescence in the Bay Area, drifting through its druggy, erotic morass in the '70s and agonizing through a sexual entanglement with her mother's boyfriend -- has been reverently adapted by Marielle Heller... In streamlining the story, Ms. Heller centers on the toxic bond between Minnie and Monroe, and the production best succeeds as a lacerating indictment of predatory male self-indulgence..."

The New York Times

"The Diary of a Teenage Girl: The Play is riveting theater, and as skillful a comics adaptation as I've come across. If you're in New York and have any interest in...an unusual and innovative theatrical experience, or simply in a movingly no-bullshit exploration of the lives of young people and the older people who shape them, I'm almost willing to buy you the tickets myself."

Comic Book Resource

"Heller and her collaborators provide an affecting portrait of an artist as a very young woman. Can you dig it?"

Village Voice (Voice Choice)

"I think what may be controversial about this production is that it is not a morality tale and it is not a victim narrative. Minnie is almost always portrayed as having agency. She's not exploited by her 34 year old lover, she doesn't 'realize the errors of her ways' and magically reform into a good girl. What she does is survive."

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MAR 01, 2017 - MAR 30, 2017
Atomicus Entertainment
London, United Kingdom
Atomicus Entertainment London, United Kingdom
MAR 15, 2010 - MAY 01, 2010
3LD Art & Technology Center
New York, NY United States
3LD Art & Technology Center New York, NY United States
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MAR 01, 2017 - MAR 30, 2017
Atomicus Entertainment
London, United Kingdom
Atomicus Entertainment London, United Kingdom
MAR 15, 2010 - MAY 01, 2010
3LD Art & Technology Center
New York, NY United States
3LD Art & Technology Center New York, NY United States