Toxic

ONE ACT: Football is life, and boys are men in this twenty minute one act about gender roles. Chris is having a day the worst day of his young life, he’s been dumped by his girlfriend, and is possibly kicked off the football team, when he accidentally hits a raccoon. When he discovers the animal is dead everything proves too much and Chris falls to pieces, which prompts Brandon, his best friend and most true...
ONE ACT: Football is life, and boys are men in this twenty minute one act about gender roles. Chris is having a day the worst day of his young life, he’s been dumped by his girlfriend, and is possibly kicked off the football team, when he accidentally hits a raccoon. When he discovers the animal is dead everything proves too much and Chris falls to pieces, which prompts Brandon, his best friend and most true worshiper, to follow suit. Because if the star of your life isn’t a star, what does that make you? Toxic is a fast ride about status, masculinity, and how people are and are not allowed to behave.
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Toxic

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  • Ricardo Soltero-Brown:
    15 Feb. 2018
    Men were taught, when they were younger, when they were boys, a perverted version of confidence; that it was superior to empathy, the essence of self-worth, tantamount to a healthy self-esteem. Catharsis can be anticipated, even sought, but the actual moment is a surprise, that's what it is, that's the point; and the one that playwright Bublitz sets up for Chris mines us with both pathos and humor, that is to say with a dose of humanity. 'Toxic' is a welcome meditation on the urgency to address misconstructed masculinity, and the necessity of redefining it, and the dangers of not.

Awards

Finalist
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Warner International Playwrights Festival
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Warner Theatre
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2017