gregory s moss
writer performer educator

 
 

PUNKPLAY

(85 minutes; 1 F, 3 M, doubling)


Mickey, a thirteen-year-old suburban misfit, is befriended by an angry runaway named Duck. Together, the boys attempt to reinvent themselves using punk rock, but as reality threatens to crash in on them, their fabricated world of amped-up music and shocking band names becomes just as oppressive as the society they're desperate to reject. A history of America in the 1980s, an idiosyncratic genealogy of punk rock music, and a personal narrative of growing up as an outsider, punkplay is a mix tape tribute to the excesses and energy of adolescence.

PRESS


In staccato scenes inspired by punk anthems, Moss captures the clammy intensity of adolescent bonding: arousal by contraband porn; battles over band names; preening in search of authenticity... [It's] political satire meets Pee-wee's Playhouse."

                                  Jacob Gallagher-Ross,
The Village Voice


[A] brilliantly funny dissection of adolescent grasping for identity ... In scenes as rat-a-tat as a Ramones track, the two battle over band names, experience their first porn and hero-worship their local idol... Did we mention this all takes place on roller skates?

 Peter Vire, Time Out Chicago
(Five Stars, Top Ten Plays of the Year)


...an incredibly funny play, with dialogue that runs between witty banter and insults of a Beavis and Butthead nature without dumbing the production down, and some of the worst and best names of nonexistent punk bands you’ve never heard of... But the most impressive feat lies in the final scenes of the play, which explore the real ideology of punk music, as opposed to its mere fashion, and actually manage to make it seem relevant again. 

Monica Westin, New City Stage

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