I Know What Boys Want
Author: Penny Jackson
Description: A high school girl discovers that this week's Internet sensation is a video of her having sex and is determined to handle this crisis alone.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2013
Date Added: 3/27/2013
Content Advisory: Strong language. Sexual situations
Keywords: Adaptations · Characters are Mostly Young Adults · Coming of Age · Drama · Large Cast Size · Literature and Writing · Mostly Female Characters · Non-traditional/Non-narrative/Experimental/Post-dramatic · Philosophy · Politics · Pop Culture · Pornography · Sex · Social Issues · True Stories
This play is in the following collections: Plays and Playwrights 2014
1 Act, 87 Minutes
5 Females, 3 Males
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From the Author:
I Know What Boys Want is about a young woman who has been attacked by a bully who uses the Internet. Her journey is to try to repair the damage he has done to her. She is one of the high school mean girls who must use that toughness and take charge of what happens to her.
I Know What Boys Want was created because I read a news story about a young girl in Staten Island who threw herself in front of the subway because of a video of her having sex with several football players went viral on the web. I discussed this story with my director and collaborator, Joan Kane, and she suggested I write a version where the girl is NOT the victim. Then the Steubenville, Ohio sexual assault case occurred, with the teenage boys involved videotaping and tweeting about the incident, and we knew that this was an issue that needed to be dramatized for social awareness. Joan and I have both been victims of bullying and I have learned that to avoid being a victim you have to take charge of your own life. That is exactly what the lead character is trying to do.
My play also deals with feminism. Vicky believes her mother has been betrayed by feminism, and that feminists make girls hate their bodies and sexuality. Vicky embraces her own form of feminism, and uses her body to fight back against the boy who abused her.
My play directly deals with the younger generation, a generation completely involved with several technical gadgets. I hope that the audiences who see this play realize that posting things on the Internet can have far ranging, unintentional consequences. It used to be that you would send your friend a chatty postal letter about people you know. The information would be strictly between the two of you. Now you can send a photograph or a tape through the Internet and destroy somebody's life.
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Original Production Information
I Know What Boys Want was first presented by Ego Actus at the WorkShop Theater, New York City, on March 28, 2013, with the following cast and credits:
Vicky: Sara Hogrefe.
Margaret: Dara O’Brien
Lin: Janice Amano
Emma: Kimberly Diamond
Hannah: Lauren D. Salvo
Roger: Liam Rhodes
Ted: Teddy Lytle
Oliver: Nick Vennekotter
Director: Joan Kane.
Set: Starlet Jacobs
Costumes: Cat Fisher
Lighting: Bruce A! Kraemer
Sound: Ian Wehrle
Stage manager: Kim Marie Jones
Fight choreographer: Andrew Kenneth Moss
Graphics: Alexis Camp
Press representative: Scotti Rhodes Publicity