Student-Directed Plays At North High

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North High’s Thespian Show will be presented on Jan. 12, 13 and 14. (Photo by Bill Cancellare)
North High’s Thespian Show will be presented on Jan. 12, 13 and 14. (Photo by Bill Cancellare)

The North High School Junior Players will present its annual thespian show, We Can Try, But It May Not Be Good, on Thursday, Jan. 12; Friday, Jan. 13; and Saturday, Jan. 14; at 7:30 p.m. Though listed on the school calendar, there will not be a Saturday matinée. The following one-act plays, directed by 12th-grade students, will be performed in the auditorium at 35 Polo Rd.

In Selfie, written by Bradley Howard and directed by Arleigh Wasserman, it’s senior year and problems—bullies, parents, pressure, sickness, self-judgments—are mounting for a group of students as they prepare for the future and are searching for ways to stand out. As they document their year, one click at a time, they come to realize that life is not about what other people see, it’s about the pictures they have of themselves.

4 a.m., written by Jonathan Dorf and directed by Julia Prager-Hessel explores what’s it like to be awake when the rest of your world is asleep. The audience will meet an early-morning jogger, a radio DJ whose show may have an audience of none, a modern Romeo and Juliet, the author of a most unusual letter and many other teen characters as they search for connection in the magic hour.

In A Play with Words, written by Peter Bloedel and directed by Solly Kasab, Scribe is an angst-filled writer experiencing some serious word-related anxiety as he attempts to create a play. In his search to find the words that fit, he becomes the main character in his own play where plot means less than the words that tangle around him.

Check Please, written by Jonathan Rand and directed by Keren Slepack shows how dating can be hard, especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, your grandmother’s bridge partner or a mime. The play follows a series of blind dinner-dates that couldn’t get any worse—until they do.

Soireé De Rien, written and directed by Zachary Lee, is a comedic commentary on absurdist theater.

For tickets, contact Ilana Schikler, drama teacher/director, at 516-441-4743 or at ischikler@greatneck.k12.ny.us.

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