By Katherine Paterson and Stephanie S. Tolan
Based on the novel by Stephanie S. Tolan
Runtime: 90 minutes
Cast: 8M, 7F
13-year-old punk Jake Semple has been thrown out of every public school in Rhode Island. His desperate grandfather pleads with the homeschooling Applewhites of rural North Carolina to take him. When Jake joins their creative clan, he clashes immediately with the one self-disciplined member of the family, 12-year-old E.D. The only thing they have in common is the determination to survive the family’s eccentricities.
“The theatrical adaptation of Stephanie Tolan’s popular and award-winning middle-school novel Surviving the Applewhites… is so fresh that the paint is barely dry on it…. It’s exciting to see the first production of a work that clearly has the energy, intelligence and comic crispness to become a staple of children’s theater.” –The Columbus Dispatch
Take a look at the script here: SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES perusal copy (sample)