sExtOrtiOn

sExtOrtiOn, A lonely outcast hatches a scheme that draws his entire high school and its Middle American community into the harrowing world of teen sexting. Posing as a girl on a social media site, he entices his classmates to send him compromising photos and videos, then “sextorts” them into upping the ante of each physical encounter with the threat of exposure. Suggested by an actual teen “sexting” and...
sExtOrtiOn, A lonely outcast hatches a scheme that draws his entire high school and its Middle American community into the harrowing world of teen sexting. Posing as a girl on a social media site, he entices his classmates to send him compromising photos and videos, then “sextorts” them into upping the ante of each physical encounter with the threat of exposure. Suggested by an actual teen “sexting” and extortion scandal, sExtOrtiOn digs beneath the superficial and sensationalistic treatments in national media accounts to explore the roots of adolescents’ fluid sexual identity, experimentation, and recklessness, and the consequences of bullying, pack behavior, and hidden violence. sExtOrtiOn takes place over a year during which none of the “sextorted” boys reveals what is happening until the central character inexplicably turns himself in. Over the course of the play’s 90 minutes, the nine characters of sExtOrtiOn struggle to make sense of the story’s myriad unanswered questions & to disguise what is actually happening. Characters The Boys: [in their 20’s to play teens] Donny Doirko: DD, small, dark, a troubled loner Buck Cummings: BC, jock, control issues Bennett Benjamin: BB, jock, tallest & biggest of the boys, object of desire Bradley Michael White: the BMW, golden boy athlete, promised to Brenda Brent Dodge: BD, average teen, marching band geek, Britany’s boyfriend Quin Quimby: QQ, out gay male teen The Girls: [in their 20’s to play teens] Brenda Fenton Flair: BFF, cheerleader, promised to Brad Britany Gray: BG, cool girl, office monitor, Brent’s girlfriend The Adult: Mr. Zee: the administrator, also voices Quin’s offstage dad RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes without intermission, 53 pages text [12 pt type] http://sextortion.weebly.com/
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sExtOrtiOn

Development History

  • Reading
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    At TP, NYC sExToRtiOn 1st Reading Sun. May 6, 2012 FEATURED IN 1st READING: Lily Ali Oshatz, Josh Doss, Josh Gray, Robert Meksin, Eric Percival, Spencer Scott, Alex Tissiere, Dan Tracy, Quinn Warren, Stage Directions: Jonn Jorgensen
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    2012
  • Reading
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    At TAI, NYC sExToRtiOn 3rd Reading 11/25/2012 CAST: Eric Hickok, Jonn Jorgensen, Robin Ray Panganiban, Kelly Rypkema, Spencer Scott, Seth Shirley, Chantal Thomson, Dan Tracy, Joshua Warr
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    2012
  • Reading
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    At TAI, NYC sExToRtiOn 2nd Reading... Sun. Aug 26, 2012 FEATURED IN THE 2nd READING: Maria Becvar, Matthew Jellison, Asher Jordan, Jonn Jorgensen, Spencer Scott, Seth Shirley, Dan Tracy, Joshua Warr, Quinn Warren
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    2012

Production History

  • Workshop
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    sExToRtiOn AllOutArts FreshFruitFestival Showcase July 7-14.2013 CAST:David Joshua Bishop,Justin Garascia,Andrew Gelles,Julia Hochner,Jeff Ronan,Spencer Scott,Seth Shirley,Chantal Thompson,Joshua Warr AWARDS: Outstanding Playwright & EnsemblePerformance
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    2013

Awards

Outstanding Distinction in Playwriting; Outstanding Ensemble Performance
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ALL OUT ARTS Fresh Fruit Festival
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2013