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Full Length Play
3m., 7w., (expandable)
The winner of many national awards, this uproarious play about life, death, power and first boyfriends was adapted by the author from her popular book, Good-bye, Best Friend (Harper Paperbacks, 1993).
Hollywood-wannabe Star, the ultimate Beatles fan, has her path stymied by cystic fibrosis, an inherited disease that assures a young death. She spends most of her time in the hospital, where she confronts fate with imagination by surrounding herself with MTV-inspired bodyguard Flunkies and 'morphing' her dreaded therapy nurse into a pro-wrestler. Then, Star gets a new roommate, Courtney, who is Star's opposite—a pretty cheerleader and apparently not very sick. Neither girl knows much about the other's world, but eventually they come to understand each other, and ultimately, themselves.
This is a powerful play about living life to the fullest and a proven hit for school, adult, and TYA theatres alike.
Simple set. Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes.
About the Author
Cherie Bennett is one of the most successful playwrights for family audiences in the country. Among her many plays is Anne Frank & Me, which Bennett directed off-Broadway to a stellar review in The New York Times. She is also a best-selling novelist in The New York Times and USA Today. Bennett has won an Emmy Award and a Writers Guild of America Award for her television writing. She pens the nationally syndicated teen advice column "Hey, Cherie!" and is available for workshops, speeches and numerous creative, interactive programs for middle schools, high schools and universities. She lives in Los Angeles with her awesome son, Igor. The heart and humor of Bennett's parents and grandparents live on inside her forever, giving her wings to fly. You can write to Cherie about in-school or artist-in-residence programs at: email@example.com
Kennedy Center New Visions/New Voices Award
A.A.T.E. Unpublished Play Reading Project
Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award-Winner