Teen Dad

UNPRODUCED FULL LENGTH: Abby, a precocious emo-goth teenager, orchestrates a surprise reunion for her mother Tanya and birth father Tom, with the help of her mom's fiance/healer John. Hoping to provoke long-lasting reconciliation between her parents before her high school graduation, Abby's plans completely derail when Tom arrives with his new girlfriend Alisha. Can this family confront their past...
UNPRODUCED FULL LENGTH: Abby, a precocious emo-goth teenager, orchestrates a surprise reunion for her mother Tanya and birth father Tom, with the help of her mom's fiance/healer John. Hoping to provoke long-lasting reconciliation between her parents before her high school graduation, Abby's plans completely derail when Tom arrives with his new girlfriend Alisha. Can this family confront their past traumas, "deal and heal?"

"Teen Dad" subverts popular regional theatre "kitchen-sink beach house dramedy" to share a heartfelt, comedic exploration of generational trauma and recovery in a mixed race Black and Latinx family.

** 3 roles (Tom, Abby, and Alisha) are specifically written for mixed-race actors. NPX does not currently offer a way to tag roles for mixed-race actors.
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Teen Dad

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  • Jelisa Jay Robinson:
    17 Feb. 2020
    Dawes gives us realness, honesty and family dysfunction in Teen Dad. I felt for each of the characters and wanted each of them to succeed on their individual quest. This piece is funny, heartfelt and diffidently something you should be producing in your .theatre
  • Hilary Bluestein-Lyons:
    12 Feb. 2020
    A dysfunctional and completely broken, yet absolutely relatable family is thoroughly exposed, to each other, the neighbors, and the audience. Dawes presents these multifaceted characters in a way that is uniquely suited for the stage.
  • Nick Gandiello:
    26 Sep. 2019
    One of those rare plays that does something important formally while also depicting deep, complex, vivid characters. Their struggles to enter the setting -- which theatergoers will know all too well -- speaks volumes, and their journey to making the setting their own is impactful. Actors and directors should be reading this play ASAP.

Character Information

  • Tom
    30s,
    Latinx or mixed-Latinx, Mixed race: Hispanic and white
  • Tanya
    30s,
    Black
  • John
    40s,
    Black
    ,
    Male
  • Alisha
    20s,
    afro- or mixed-race latina, Mixed race
    ,
    Female, Femme
  • Abby
    15,
    Afro Latina, Afro-Latinx
    ,
    Female, Femme

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Stages Repertory - Sin Muros Latinx Theatre Festival
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    North Carolina Black Repertory Company
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    TheatreSquared
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Blank Theatre
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Heckle Her
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    National Black Theatre
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Live Girls! Theatre
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Heckle Her
    ,
    2014

Awards

Finalist
,
Inkslinger Playwriting Competition
,
Southeastern Louisiana University
,
2017
Winner
,
Scriptworks Seed Support Grant
,
Scriptworks
,
2014