McDonough, Jerome (American playwright, teacher, 1946-1999), “Addict,”
a 70-minute drama in English, about young adult drug abuse containing monologs that may be presented as one-performer plays, set in _____, 1972.
1m or 1f
© 1972 by Jerome McDonough;
• in Jerome McDonough’s Addict (Schulenburg, Texas, U.S.A.: I. E. Clark, Inc., 1972), IEC-241-5;
• script/rights available from I. E. Clark, Inc., St. John’s Road, Schulenburg, Texas 78956-1246, U.S.A., telephone 409-743-3232, fax 409-743-4765; Australian representatives, Gravin Theatre Agency (for clearance of performing rights), 56 Hyde Street, Footscray 3011, Australia, telephone 03-689-1147, fax 03-670-0202; Fine Music Australia Pty. Ltd./incorporating Show Business Bookshop (for purchase of playscripts and scores), 20-22 McKillop Street, Melbourne 3000, Australia, telephone 03-670-5391, fax 03-670-0202; Canadian representative, Dramatic Action, 5610 Dowler Road, Ladner, British Columbia V4K 3Z7, Canada, telephone 604-946-6114; United Kingdom representative, J. Garnet Miller, Ltd., 311 Worcester Road, Malvern, Worcestershire WR141AN, United Kingdom, telephone 0684-565.
_______ (m or f), __, _______.
“This frightening portrayal of the horrors of drug and alcohol abuse shows children and young adults yielding to the almost irresistible lure of drugs—and suffering the miserable consequences. Addict is an eye-opener for those who have not been exposed to drugs and hopefully an eye-opener to those who have. The young person's view of 'it can't happen to me' becomes less clear after experiencing this convincingly powerful drama.
• “Most anti-drug plays turn off the very people that need the message; ADDICT doesn't. Addict and Juvie, both by Jerome McDonough, are among the most produced plays in the United States. McDonough gives explicit instructions on allowable cutting of the script to maintain the full force of the horror created and not defeat the purpose of the play. He also urges updating all street terms to keep the show from becoming an "old fashioned" comedy.”—ADDICT by Jerome McDonough, http://www.ieclark.com/plays/addict.html, accessed January 28, 2007.
• “One act, simple set with 2 benches, modern clothes.”—ADDICT by Jerome McDonough.
• “Vignettes about drug addiction. A long one-act, easily cut.”—Catalog of Plays and Musicals, 1996-1997 (Schulenburg, Texas, U.S.A.: I.E. Clark, 1996), p. 76.
• “Ten year-old Jerry McDonough played Joe Crowell in his father’s production of Our Town at Amarillo College in 1957, and the whole problem started right there. McDonough began writing as soon as his life was touched by the work of the master, Thornton Wilder. Throughout his life, he listed Wilder as one of his greatest influences. McDonough’s plays began appearing in print in the early 1970s but did not really catch fire until nearly a decade later. By 1986, McDonough’s Juvie (carried by Pioneer Drama Service) was named the most popular play in the American Educational Theatre. Over the next several years, as many as four of his shows were listed among the top ten on the same list. His 40+ published pieces have seen productions in all 50 states, every Canadian province and numerous foreign countries. Dr. Rick Amidon, writing in The English Journal, called McDonough “The Father of Young Adult Drama.” Jerome is listed in Who’s Who in the Theatre and Contemporary Authors. Remaining in Amarillo, Texas his whole life, Jerome loved his “day job” of more than 25 years as the Theatre Arts teacher at Caprock High School, where many of his shows had their world premiere. He died in December 1999."--Jerome McDonough, http://www.pioneerdrama.com/authordetail.asp?ac=MCDONOUGHJ, accessed February 14, 2009.
addiction, drugs, teenage.