A Real Boy
- Max Moline:24 Mar. 2023“ A Real Boy is a beautifully theatrical piece about family, diversity and the choices of children that jumps off the page and into your heart. This show is a director's, puppeteer's and designer's dream all in one! ”
- Chelsea Frandsen:27 Jul. 2022“ Diversity and acceptance are topics that we are *finally* beginning to have real conversations about, and Kaplan's "A Real Boy" is a wonderfully artistic addition to those conversations. It's funny and heartfelt. And there are puppets! ”
- Nick Malakhow:8 Oct. 2021“ A super compelling and original satire that examines parenting, the school/teacher/parent relationship continuum, acceptance of difference and unconventional families, and much more. The use of puppets and puppeteers is bold and exciting, and it would be a treat to see it realized onstage. The extended metaphorical connection to LGBTQ families or other "outside the norm" family dynamics was brilliantly executed. Funny, poignant, and unique. ”
- Rebecca Landel30s-60s,,AnyFemaleUnited States Congresswoman, District 7.
- Principal Klaus30s-60s,,AnyMalethe principal of the school
- Peter Myers20s-50s,,AnyMaleMax’s father. He is a puppet.
- Miss Terry20s-60s,,AnyFemaleMax’s kindergarten teacher
- Max Myers5,,AnyAnyWhile an actual 5-year-old could work great, having had a 5-year-old myself, this may not be the best choice - especially in light of what MAX needs to do as a puppeteer as the play progresses. I’ve seen the show work with an 11-year-old, an 8-year-old, and a 27-year-old who looked younger – but none of which was clearly a 5-year-old. All worked in their own unique ways.
- Mary Ann Myers20s-50s,,AnyFemaleMax’s mother. She is a puppet.
- Jilly Lambert20s-50s,,AnyFemaleThe Myers’ family friend, a lawyer.
- ,Workshop,State of Play Theare & Ivy Theatre Company2016
- ,Reading,Athena Theatre2014
- ,Reading,StrangeDog Theatre2014
- ,Reading,Dramatists Guild2013
- ,Professional,Last Act Theatre2018
- ,Professional,59E59 Theatre - Ivy Theatre Company & Athena Theater Company2017
- ,Professional,This Is Water Theatre2014
PlayPenn Development Conference
MTWorks Newborn Festival
Ashland New Play Festival
Dayton Playhouse's FutureFest