Yard Wars




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About The Play

Comedy. 1 male. 65-75 minutes. Suggested set. Ideal for college (and possible a very talented high school actor) and up, and perfect as a late-night show.

Workshopped at UCLA's Theatrefest and a semifinalist in the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project, it premiered at the Secret Rose Theatre's ACTober Fest in North Hollywood (CA).



Synopsis

The Wrestler has just been power-bombed on his head. He most likely has a concussion, but has luckily avoided paralysis or life-threatening injury. But the concussion sparks a crisis: is it worth it to continue wrestling? He goes back through his wrestling career, beginning when his friend Jimmy Double T got him to start a wrestling federation in Jimmy’s backyard—just for fun--using old mattresses and hiding it from Jimmy’s mother. He remembers creating his character, their first matches, the arrival of fans and new wrestlers—and he begins to see where it all began to spiral out of control, with the fans demanding crazier, more violent matches and him liking the attention. Not only does he like that attention, but he can feel himself getting hooked on it. He’s at the height of his popularity, but is he still wrestling for the right reasons?

 

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Philip Barbour High School (Philippi, WV), December 2017
 
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Arlington Middle School (Poughkeepsie, NY), December 2017
 
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Avon Middle High School (Avon, MA), January 2018
 
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Hillard City School District (Columbus, OH), January 2018
 
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Syracuse Arts Academy (Syracuse, UT), January 2018
 
The Midnight Club
Valley Southwoods IHSSA (West Des Moines, IA), January 2018
 
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Atholton High School (Columbia, MD), January 2018
 
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I.S. 75 - United Activities Unlimited (Staten Island, NY), January 2018
 
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Garretson Schools (Garretson, SD), January 2018
 
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The Crefeld School (Philadelphia, PA), January 2018
 
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Freehold High School (Freehold, NJ), January 2018
 
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Nevada Theatre Department (Nevada, MO), January 2018
 
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North Branch High School (North Branch, MI), January 2018
 
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Pembina Trails School Division (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), January 2018
 
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Trinity Episcopal (Austin, TX), January 2018
 
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Redwood Valley High School (Redwood Falls, MN), January 2018
 
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Berkhamsted School (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom), January 2018
 
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Palmer Ridge High School (Colorado Springs, CO), February 2018
 
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Tigard High School (Tigard, OR), February 2018
 
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Viking Theatre (Rock Hill, SC), February 2018
 
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Thurso Players (Caithness, United Kingdom), February 2018
 
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Montrose Area School District (Montrose, PA), March 2018
 
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Del Valle High School (Del Valle, TX), April 2018
 
High School (non) Musical
Coakley Middle School Drama Club (Norwood, MA), June 2018
 
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Pope John Paul II High School (Hendersonville, TN), November 2018
 
 
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