Spotlight on Plays announces "Stupid Kids" Sept 22
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 01:51 pm EDT 09/14/21



Starring John Clay III, Lauren Patten, Ali Stoker, Taylor Trensch & Christian Borle
By John C. Russell
Directed by Michael Mayer

Wednesday, September 22 at 8PM ET
For a Strict Limited Time

“STUPID KIDS is…a sharp-edged, stylized whoosh of teen angst and conformity anguish. It is also very FUNNY.” — Newsday

“In STUPID KIDS, the playwright John C. Russell gets the opera of adolescence to a T…The stylized teenspeak of STUPID KIDS…suggests that Mr. Russell may have hidden a tape recorder under a desk in study hall somewhere and then scoured the tapes for good quotations…it is the kids’ insular, ceaselessly churning world, a pre-adult world of Doritos and libidos, that the playwright seeks to lay bare.” — New York Times

(September 13, 2021 - New York, NY) - The “Spotlight on Plays” series announces a new special event reading of John C. Russell’s STUPID KIDS starring John Clay III (Jim Stark), Tony Award nominee Lauren Patten (Jane “Kimberly” Willis), Tony Award winner Ali Stoker (Judy Noonan), Taylor Trensch (John “Neechee” Crawford) & Tony Award winner Christian Borle (Stage Directions). Director Michael Mayer will revisit the work after originally staging it Off-Broadway in 1998.

STUPID KIDS will premiere on Wednesday, September 22 at 8PM EST/5PM PST on www.BroadwaysBestShows.com and will be available for a limited time only. Tickets are free and all suggested donations will benefit The Actors Fund.

STUPID KIDS follows four students at Joe McCarthy High School as they make their way from first through eighth period and beyond, struggling with the fears, frustrations, and longings peculiar to youth. With his magical touch, John C. Russell turns these familiar stereotypes into moving and provocative archetypes of adolescence whose lingo takes on a lyricism that is both true to its source and revelatory of the hearts and minds of contemporary youth.

To learn more, visit Broadways Best Shows Spotlight on Plays.

STUPID KIDS is produced by Good Productions/Patty Baker, Rebecca Gold, Jayne Baron Sherman, Iris Smith, Louise Gund, Willette Klausner, Judith Manocherian, Alix Ritchie, Jenna Segal and The Shubert Organization. Associate Producers are Barbara Freitag and Gabrielle Palitz.
“Spotlight on Plays” is created by Jeffrey Richards with Jacob Soroken Porter and Jim Glaub.

Broadway’s Best Shows is a new home for entertaining, engaging content, long form features and exclusive access to Broadway’s Best. The play series launched in May 2020 with David Mamet’s November; Joshua Harmon’s Significant Other; and A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters. In Fall 2020, seven plays were presented including Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, David Mamet’s RACE, David Mamet’s Boston Marriage, a new adaptation of Uncle Vanya, a reunion with the original Broadway cast of Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still and Robert’s O’Hara’s Barbecue.

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services. Visit www.actorsfund.org.

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