What's Wrong With You

Haven't you ever wanted to fake a concussion on a crowded subway?r Or play chicken with a train?
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What's Wrong With You

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  • David Hansen:
    7 Apr. 2021
    I love smart play scripts about modern teenagers so much. I love them even more when they feature drop dead, whip-smart dialogue while also communicating deeply felt character and emotion.

    Rosenberg’s story of a Gen Z cohort who engage in outrageous dares, faking injuries for social media, is thrilling, moving, and very, very real. There is an almost complete absence of adults, highlighting the extent to which these kids have been made to be self-reliant, but also the chilling degree to which they are on their own to manage their many emotional challenges. Highly recommended!
  • Shaun Leisher:
    27 May. 2020
    There are very few plays I’ve that captures the confusion and pain of being a teenager as well as this one. Yes these are children but Rosenberg forces us to take them and their problems deadly serious and sit with them through it. Excellent use of multiple forms of media and I’m excited to see this fully realized with projection design I hope this play gets in the hands of young people and they’ll know someone sees their struggles and thinks they deserve to be heard.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    23 Apr. 2020
    Jan Rosenberg has a knack for writing young people who feel vulnerable and in pain, but who construct walls and other obstacles to preventing that pain from overtaking them. Mae is a bold and vividly-rendered character and, from the moment she first meets Caden, I became intrigued by their arc and had to see it to its conclusion. What is most impressive here is how Rosenberg grapples with big and "scary" themes--depression, self-harm, suicide, mental health, family crises--with what I've come to see as her trademark balance of humor and sensitivity. The end is poignant, surprising, and hopeful!

Character Information

  • WENDY
    16,
    Hispanic/Latina
    WENDY and MAE should look similar, enough to be mistaken for sisters.
  • RENA
    40-55
    CADEN’s mother. She carries a quiet sadness and shame.
  • MAE
    16,
    Latina
    She radiates something that makes you kind of hate her and want to be her best friend at the same time.
  • JONAH
    16,
    African American / Black
    Wild, manic, and unfiltered. CADEN’s best friend.
  • EVIE
    12
    CADEN’s sister. No filter.
  • CADEN
    16,
    White
    A sensitive kid with quiet rage.

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Stella Adler Studio
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Less Than Rent Theatre
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Barefoot Theater Company
    ,
    2016

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Stella Adler Academy of Acting
    ,
    2019
  • Professional
    ,
    Stella Adler Studio
    ,
    2018

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