PERAMBULATORY: preambleastory

JP, 6, is scared. Samantha Louise, 8, writes stories that are “inappropriate.” The same could be said of teachers Miss Charlene and Mr. Boris making out at lunch, or of Samantha Louise’s always-gone Mother, or of JP’s Dad scaring his son with talk of taxes and disease. Nothing's working, but everyone’s trying their best; maybe there’s love in there somewhere.
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PERAMBULATORY: preambleastory

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  • Shaun Leisher:
    24 Mar. 2019
    "You're a grown up and I've been told grown ups are smarter than kids so I guess I have to believe that."

    This line from the play is one that is going to stick with me for a long time and it I think it captures what the play is exploring. Parents have so much to learn from their kids and teachers have so much to learn from their students. I'm so glad that there's a play like this that looks at the innocence of childhood but also doesn't shy away from the struggles they have in a serious way.
  • Jack William Rodgers:
    14 May. 2018
    Was an audience member for the NVNV reading of this play. A beautiful look into the struggles of growing up and childhood. A producible and easy-to-connect-to play that is accessible for all ages.
  • Eva MeiLing Pollitt:
    11 Jul. 2017
    A moving, humorous, and theatrically inventive exploration on the power supportive love has in helping us overcome life's challenges.

Character Information

  • Samantha Louise
    8,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    She wears her hair in pigtails pretty much all the time. A young, if not slightly pretentious, small girl. She is in the third grade, but is ambitious well beyond her years. She seems to be a mix between an oil painting and a caricature – young but heavy-handed, with everything done in Technicolor and nothing staying inside the lines.
  • JP
    6,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    A 6 year old boy. He wears a bicycle helmet when he walks to and from school. He is very cautious, at times anxious, and his greatest desire is to make a blue LEGO house - but there are never enough bricks, and there is never enough time.
  • Samantha Louise's Mom
    40,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    A therapist, and a single parent. Recently re-entered the dating pool.
  • JP's Dad
    38,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    A school superintendent, widower, and helicopter dad.
  • Charlene
    26,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Samantha Louise’s 3rd grade teacher. Prim and soft.
  • Boris
    32,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    JP’s Kindergarten teacher. Handsome and sloppy. Having a passionate affair with his colleague, Charlene.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Imprint Theatreworks
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Southern Methodist University
    ,
    2017