Distracted $13

Lisa Loomer

Published by Dramatists Play Service

3 Male 5 Female

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 Attention Deficit Disorder

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 who are breaking character!

An hilarious, provocative, and poignant look at a modern family and an epidemic dilemma - are we so tuned into our 24/7 info-rich world that we've tuned out what really matters?

"A smartly comic, sharply observant and surprisingly humane play" ~ Associated Press

"Five stars. My favorite comedy of the year!" ~ Time Out

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