Noble Savage by Heather McDowell
This drama answers the question:” What would you do if someone you love was assaulted?” with reverence.
This work is Intentional in its creative use of stage, gritty character development, complex relationships with visceral dialogue and plot twists & turns. By design, the playwright gives choices to allow actors and directors alike to highlight their craft.
Set in a high school, this work explores themes including the intersection of small-town Canada and LGBTQ2S+, the limits of a mother's love, society assumptions, gender norms, the justice system's treatment of survivors, vengeance, law enforcement and trauma.
Keywords: plot twists, twists, LGBTQ, LGBTQ2S+, Gay, drama, vengeance, feminism, trauma, character, courage, justice, sexual assault, high school, mother-daughter, gritty, creative, stage, relationship, student, Canadiana, small town, police, rape culture
Run time: 100 minutes
Content note: This play tackles issues around sexual assault, LGBTQ2S+, violence, dangers of social media, sexual identity, gender norms, use of profanity, rape culture, vengeance, murder
Suitable for students 14+
Cast size: 7 actors
Male roles: 3
Female roles: 4
Trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming roles: 1
Casting note: This work intentionally includes both gender-fluid and BIPOC characters. The following characters can be played by the same actor- DC Letts and Luke, Ellie and Nora, Officer Atwood and Aiden Larson.