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Prospect High: Brooklyn
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Type of Show
Performance Type
Acts
Duration
Performing Groups
Overview
It begins with the nightly news reporting on a horrific, violent crime. The next 90 minutes rip through a high school in real time, where we witness how life-changing actions culminate in one disturbing act. Inspired by real events and co-written by New York City teenagers, Prospect High: Brooklyn wrestles with gun violence, deep friendships, self-harm, casual racism, and trans identity through the lens of (at least) four highly-charged students and their teacher(s).  Is there a way the violence could have been prevented?

Cast size options of 5+, 12+, and 18+.

“Truly reflective of life in modern American high schools.” -American Theatre Magazine

Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist, 2015

In 2015-16, Prospect High: Brooklyn became the first play in history to experience a coordinated Rolling World Premiere in high school theatres. With the support of Roundabout Theatre Company, the play was independently produced in 23 cities across the country and overseas.
Plot
Prospect High: Brooklyn begins at 2:47pm on a seemingly ordinary October afternoon and runs for 90 minutes in real time. 
Casting
2-15f, 1-6m, flexible ensemble
Male Principals
1-6
Female Principals
2-15
Ensemble
flexible
A NOTE ON CASTING
PROSPECT HIGH: BROOKLYN may be presented as a vignette play in which each scene stands alone and we see each character only once, or as a traditional play with characters that track through the entire story. Both versions are presented in the printed text.
Small-Cast Version (5)
Andrea: freshman, female, spunky. Devin: sophomore, male, volatile. Anny: junior, transgender, joyous. Bria: senior, female, forceful. Mr./Ms. Charles: teacher, male, placid. Newscasters. Ensemble.
Medium-Cast Version (12)
Andrea: freshman, female, spunky. Devin: sophomore, male, volatile. Anny: junior, transgender, joyous. Bria: senior, female, forceful. Mr./Ms. Charles: teacher, male, placid. Mr./Ms. Curran. Justice. Bridgett. Daria. Mr./Ms. D. Mr./Ms. Nichols. Makala. Newscasters. Ensemble.
Large-Cast Version (18)
Andrea: freshman, female, spunky. Devin: sophomore, male, volatile. Anny: junior, transgender, joyous. Bria: senior, female, forceful. Mr./Ms. Charles: teacher, male, placid. Mr./Ms. Curran. Justice. Bridgett. Daria. Mr./Ms. D. Mr./Ms. Nichols. Makala. Lewis. Danielle. Kiarra. Rachel. Jessica. Milan. Newscasters. Ensemble.
The Ensemble (optional)
Unnamed ensemble members have often been included in productions of this play in sections of dance, song, or action between scenes. These interpolated sections have been an opportunity for students to create wholly original content reflecting on the primary action.