small town icons (a revenge play)

(FULL-LENGTH) It's the day before the opening night of Mount Vernon's production of OUR TOWN and all Sabrina wants to do is keep rehearsing because the show needs to be perfect. Her best friend Kimberly just wants to go out before she starts training full-time for the Olympics. However, their small town threatens to suffocate them after an incident with Sabrina, their bible-praising science teacher,...
(FULL-LENGTH) It's the day before the opening night of Mount Vernon's production of OUR TOWN and all Sabrina wants to do is keep rehearsing because the show needs to be perfect. Her best friend Kimberly just wants to go out before she starts training full-time for the Olympics. However, their small town threatens to suffocate them after an incident with Sabrina, their bible-praising science teacher, and a branding in the shape of the cross. Once their formerly hospitalized friend shows up at their door and the bully who put her there arrives, everything breaks down and two of them end up hurt. A revenge play based on two true small town events, small town icons investigates small town toxicity, Our Town, religion, friendship, and cookies.
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small town icons (a revenge play)

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  • Rachel Greene:
    9 Jul. 2022
    I absolutely could not put this play down! Perhaps it is because I was once also a theatre-kid teenager from a small religious town in Ohio, but this play and these characters rang so incredibly true to me. SMJ strikes the perfect balance of dark humor, true trauma and rage, and enticing mystery, all in the neat package of a fast-paced, engaging revenge play. This story is delicious, exciting, and easily one of my favorite plays I've read in recent memory. I can't wait for an opportunity to see it staged!
  • Max Berry:
    9 Jul. 2022
    SMJ captures the dark sides of living in a small town perfectly. "small town icons" gives us a friend group that anyone can, for better or for worse, relate to, and exaggerated it to a truly frightening degree. With every character feeling isolated for one reason or another, SMJ throws them all in a room together with little to no escape and says "figure it out." The ensuing battle of words (among other things) is equal parts heartbreaking and horrifying.
  • Brynn Hambley:
    18 Jun. 2022
    While reading this play I was reminded of my own teenager-hood as a young wannabe actor in a small town overrun by "Christians". This play made me laugh, made me gasp, and reminded me of the anger I still harbor from those days. Visceral, phenomenal, and sorely needed in a time where so many of us have religious and social traumas. I can't wait to see this play on a stage!

Character Information

  • Sabrina
    18,
    Any
    ,
    she/her pronouns
    Graduated last week
    A community theater star, but like, actually good at acting?
    Playing Emily in Our Town
  • Kimberly
    18,
    Any
    ,
    she/her pronouns
    Graduated last week
    An Olympic-level Gymnast
    Playing George in Our Town
  • Willow
    18,
    Any
    ,
    she/her pronouns
    Graduated last week
    An aspiring doctor
    Has no idea what's going on
  • Kelly
    18,
    Any
    ,
    she/her pronouns
    Dropped out last year
    Currently a stay-at-home mom
    Mr. K's daughter

Development History

  • Residency
    ,
    The Citadel of Playwrights
    ,
    2022
  • Workshop
    ,
    Permafrost Theatre Collective Icebreaker Series
    ,
    2020
  • Workshop
    ,
    Pre-Emerging Artists Festival with the Breaking & Entering Theatre Collective
    ,
    2019

Production History

  • University
    ,
    11th Hour Theater Company/Otterbein University
    ,
    2021