The Visual, Performing, and Musical Arts Department
is proud to announce the winter play:
February 27 - March 2, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Disclaimer: This show is not suitable for some audiences.*
“Distracted” contains strong profanity and scenes that cover sensitive topics such as self-harm and anxiety. The script employs satire as it witnesses a character’s twisting perspective as they navigate the medical world. As watching the show may elicit a variety of emotional responses, it is not appropriate for Lower School students. The intended audience is Upper School students and adults, as well as Middle School students with parental supervision. Any likeness or similarities to any community member, or to people real or imagined is purely coincidental.
Use of flashing media, sound, and sudden shifts in theatricality are employed to help create an anxious effect. People with heart conditions, seizures, or those who are sensory-sensitive may be more comfortable sitting where they can take a break from the performance. For more information, please contact Pete Buonincontro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save Your Seat Here!
All shows are open seating (first come, first served) and can be reserved by filling out the form below. Show starts promptly at 7 p.m. with a run-time of approximately 90 minutes with intermission.
"Would Ritalin get him a friend to sit with at lunch?. . . Would Ritalin be a better mother than I am?" — Mama
What’s wrong with nine-year-old Jesse? He can’t sit still, he curses, he raps, and you can’t get him into — or out of — pajamas. His teacher thinks it’s ADD. Dad says, “He’s just a boy!” And Mama’s on a quest for answers. Is Jesse dysfunctional, or just different? Don’t we all have ADD, to some degree? She consults a psychologist, a homeopath, a neuropsychologist, and an environmental physician. She talks to neighbors, whose kids have their own diagnoses. A psychiatrist prescribes Ritalin for Jesse, but surely a pill can’t solve all of his problems. Throughout, Jesse is an offstage voice, becoming louder and angrier, but he is in danger of fading away. And his parents’ marriage is in peril. Everyone is distracted, even the actors — they’re breaking character and being replaced by other cast members at a moment’s notice. A hilarious and provocative look at a modern family and an epidemic dilemma: Are we so distracted by our 24/7 media-rich world that we’ve tuned out what really matters?
"Distracted" by Lisa Loomer, grapples with the topics of how to best support those of us who are “differently wired”, social stigmas surrounding mental health, and family life in the digital age throughout this sharply observant and surprisingly poignant comedy.
In the years since this play was originally written in 2009, the debate around diagnosis and medication of childhood disorders has continued to grow — researchers suggest that ADHD is both overdiagnosed and underdiagnosed, that stimulants are both stigmatized and sought by millions of people without the diagnosis, and that guidelines around treatment are unclear and unstandardized. In presenting a play that explores multiple perspectives and raises questions without definitive “right” answers, we hope to open a conversation in the wider OES community about wellness and the power of satire to hold up a mirror that exposes painfully true (and hidden) stories.
In a truly collaborative and multimedia effort, students in the US Stage & Screen class as well as US Stagecraft Activity are joining the actors to develop digital media, music, movement, devised playwriting, and fine art that explores the world of the play for the audience — sometimes even spilling out into the lobby and intermission spaces!