Drama/ 4 Characters, 3 Men, 1 Woman (teens)/ Full Length, 85 minutes
Synopsis: Set in a suburban community of eastern Pennsylvania, Crystal takes place in an abandoned woodshed, circa 1981. Andy, 17, has left the body of a 16-year-old girl under the floor. Hoping to gain status with two close friends, Ralph and Joey, he brings them to view the body. When they return the next day, however, the hole under the floor is empty, and Crystal, the girl, appears soiled and livid from outside.
What follows is an intense and gritty character study of teens whose behavior is a mirror of the chaotic world outside the shed. Overweight and insecure, Andy takes out his frustrations on the women around him; Ralph hides his pain at his brother’s death behind a thickening emotional wall; Joey will do almost anything to dispel his all-American boy image; and Crystal’s search for love leads instead to violence. Insightful, compassionate, Crystal provides a startling glimpse into four desperate young lives.
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Fred Rohan Vargas
About the Playwright: Fred Rohan Vargas is the author of several full lengths, one acts and childrenâ€™s plays that have been produced throughout the country and abroad. He holds a MFA in dramatic writing from New York University. Two of his plays have been published by The Riant Theatre (Anything But Black) and JAC Publishing and Promotions (Crystal). He is founder and director Mixing It Up Productions, LLC. (www.miuprod.com).Fred has served on the theatre/dance grant’s panel for the Queens Council on the Arts, the panel of judges for the Daytime Emmy Awards (sponsored by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) and the Board of Directors of the New York Children’s Theatre. He is a member of Theatre Resource Unlimited, The Dramatists Guild, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and the Association of Independent Music Publishers.
Crystal was first produced by The Latino Experimental Fantastic Theatre (L.E.F.T.) at The Clemente Solo Velez Cultural Center, New York City in January, 2001.