Finding the perfect selection to perform is one of the most difficult tasks. We can make that daunting task easier for you! Each Forensics Anthology includes at least one of the following: Humorous Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, and Duo Interpretation.
Perform (Volume Nine) includes:
“Happily Ever After Toxic Masculinity” by Sandy Maranto
Have you ever wondered what happened to the characters from our most beloved fairy tales after “they all lived happily ever after?” In her send-up of the toxic masculinity exemplified by a few of the world’s most notorious and infamous princes from classic children’s stories, playwright Sandy Maranto shines a spotlight on the ever-changing landscape of toxic masculinity. Under her hysterical microscope, Maranto soon reveals that the princes we knew from our youth are all either divorced or separated; thus, the reason they find themselves seeking help at the Obsolete Prince Therapy Center. One thing is clear: the world has redefined “male gender roles” amidst today’s new cultural definitions of what it truly means to be ‘masculine.’
“Dahlia” by Kassandra Ortiz
Most people who have grown up in a Spanish-speaking household soon learn that Tejano music is an important part of one’s Mexican heritage. In the following narrative poem, critically-acclaimed poet, Kassandra Ortiz, revisits her youth, as she shares how her cultural identity was, not only shaped, but redefined by the legendary performer, Selena Quintanilla.
“Dating Joe” by Celeste LeBeaux
In her fantasy-inspired short story, Celeste LeBeaux introduces us to a teenage girl preparing for the upcoming Winter Formal Dance; however, with no male role model to turn to, she enlists the help from a most unlikely source: Her brother’s G.I. Joe action-figure!
“Puppy Island” by Billy Barnes
Children are often deeply influenced by the people who raise them. In his extraordinary memoir, Billy Barnes shares the true story of growing up with a drug-addicted mother and of the debilitating toll substance abuse took on his family as a whole. This is a powerful story of redemption, love, and learning to forgive the unforgivable.
“Tanika and Taylor’s First Annual Neighborhood Talent Show” by KuShunda Uzoma and Juliet Davis
It has been said that if we simply have the courage to pursue them, all of our dreams can come true! This is especially true of young entrepreneurs, who, each summer, revive the American Dream by setting up lemonade stands and cutting lawns in the hopes of making a little money during their summer vacation. In the following humorous play, Tanika and Taylor, two siblings in an economically repressed suburb, try desperately to raise funds by putting on a neighborhood talent show in their front yard. This is a high-energy comedy—perfect for those who have always dreamed of putting on their own talent show in front of an audience of family and friends!