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Safe
by Penny Jackson

Production photo

Debby Brand and Alexandra Gjerpen in a scene from Safe

Author: Penny Jackson

Description: What else can an unhappy teenage girl do with a mom in rehab and an absentee dad but meet an older handsome man at Starbucks with a dangerous past?

Year Written/Copyrighted: 2012
Date Added: 11/11/2012
Content Advisory: This play contains content that would be inappropriate for children such as strong language, drug and alcholol use and sexual situations
Keywords: Characters are Mostly Young Adults · Coming of Age · Drama · Dysfunctional Families · Small Cast Size
2 Acts, 80 Minutes
2 Females, 2 Males

NOTE: Safe is fully protected by copyright law and is subject to royalty. All inquiries concerning production, publication, reprinting or use of this play in any form should be addressed to pennyjack@aol.com..

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From the Author:

Why Did I Name My Play SAFE?

As a teacher and parent, I would always hear the word "safe" when discussing children and adolescents. I decided to write about two teenage girls who, although they may be protected by money, find themselves in real danger by their parents' selfishness and the pressure of today's world for women to be physically perfect. What I hope that the adults in my audience will remember when then see the show is that when you are an adolescent, you cannot see the future and that every day to a young person can feel like the last day. I hope that my young members of the audience will be able to see beyond the present and that the future is indeed within their grasp. Finally, I want my audience to understand that if we believe that advertising and the media dictates the way we most look and behave, then we are not safe.

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Original Production Information

Safe was first presented at 45 Bleecker Street Theater in 2012 as part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, with the following cast and credits:

NINA: Debby Brand
PAUL: David Lamberton
LIZ: Alexandra Gjerpen
PHILLIP: Nick Palladino

Director: Joan Kane
Stage Manager: Jenny Ainsworth
Set Design: Stephanie Fallon
Costume Design: Erica Evans
Lighting Design: Bruce A! Kraemer
Sound Design: Ian Wehrle
Produced by Ego Actus

Excerpt from Safe

NINA

Do you think I want to kill myself?

PHILLIP

It happens. A lot of teenagers attempt suicide. I’m a teacher. I work with young people. I know.

NINA

So what? Nothing in my life can change.

PHILLIP

Remember I said that you reminded me of someone? Well, I made her feel better. About herself. Her life. Her possibilities.

NINA

Was she a fat girl?

PHILLIP

She was an unhappy girl.

NINA

I’m not some sort of lost cause.

PHILLIP

And I’m not The Salvation Army. I’m a teacher. This is what I do. Guide young people in the right direction.

NINA

I hate my life.

PHILLIP

I know you do.

NINA

And how can you change that?

PHILLIP

By helping you to believe in yourself.

NINA

There’s nothing to believe.

PHILLIP

Listen to me, Nina. Are you listening?

NINA

Yes.

PHILLIP

Close your eyes. Are you closing your eyes?

NINA

(eyes closed)

Yes.

PHILLIP

What do you see?

NINA

Black. Darkness.

PHILLIP

How do you feel?

NINA

I don’t like the dark.

PHILLIP

But the dark can be so soothing. Peaceful even.

NINA

I’m still scared.

PHILLIP

Don’t be scared. The dark can be your friend.

(NINA opens her eyes and suddenly kisses PHILLIP.)