The Mating Instinct

FULL LENGTH. Carl, a teacher in an elite private high school, is about to publish his third YA novel, The Mating Instinct, which depicts a romantic relationship between a teacher and a student. When his wife reads an Advanced Reader Copy and identifies the student in the book as a senior named Mackenzie, she believes the affair is real. Soon Carl’s job, reputation, and relationship with his family are at...
FULL LENGTH. Carl, a teacher in an elite private high school, is about to publish his third YA novel, The Mating Instinct, which depicts a romantic relationship between a teacher and a student. When his wife reads an Advanced Reader Copy and identifies the student in the book as a senior named Mackenzie, she believes the affair is real. Soon Carl’s job, reputation, and relationship with his family are at stake as the line between truth and fiction becomes increasingly blurred.
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The Mating Instinct

Character Information

  • Carl Zimmer
    Mid 30s,
    Male
    An accomplished writer of two young adult novels and a high-school creative writing teacher.  He is a young-looking man in his mid-30s.
  • Kate Park
    30s,
    Female
    Carl’s co-worker and high-school English teacher.  They share an office together.  She is in her late 30s and recently divorced.
  • Mackenzie Hollander
    17,
    Female
    An intelligent, beautiful girl
  • Randy Payne
    50s,
    Male
    Dean of Academics
  • Mike Hollander
    40s,
    Male
    Mackenzie’s father.  A lawyer.
  • Danielle Zimmer
    16,
    Female
    Carl and Anne's daughter
  • Anne Zimmer
    Mid 30s,
    Female
    Carl's wife.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    5th Wall Productions
    ,
    2016

Production History

  • Workshop
    ,
    5th Wall Productions
    ,
    2018