SMALLBOTS by Julia Lederer


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SMALLBOTS by Julia Lederer

With global warming, gun violence, viruses, discrimination -- the world is a dangerous place to raise kids. Having children is also expensive and often biologically inaccessible. But, thanks to SmallBots, you can skip the hassles and risks and adopt robot children instead, starting at any age. And they are perfect... or however you'd like them to be. Soon SmallBots are what every parent wants. It's not long before they're running the student council. What's next?

And what happens when real kids can’t compete? When they watch their world become run by machines? A play inspired by youth activism, our dependence on technology, and actually asking teenagers what kind of world they want.

SMALLBOTS happens during a pandemic but is not about one. The script does not need to be compromised to fit into Zoom. Instead, it is written to fill it.

This play is for students (college and high school) and groups of teenage and young adult performers and was developed with the Senior Company at the Young People's Theatre in Toronto.

As opposed to being another play that has to be regulated into a Zoom performance so it can exist, it is a play that HAS to exist on Zoom.

There is a version of SMALLBOTS written to be performed in person. Please contact the playwright for this script.

Keywords: school, technology, robots, students, teenagers, college, youth, comedy, drama, zoom, virus
Genre: Comedic Drama
Suitable for students 12+

Acts: 1
Run time: 55 minutes
Cast size: 13 actors
Male roles: 4
Female roles: 8
Trans/Non-Binary/Gender Non-Conforming roles: 1
Casting note: The casting for this play is flexible with cast size and gender. There are 13 roles, but it was workshopped with doubling. It can be done with 5-13 actors. Genders defined above are also very flexible with casting. Most characters can be played by any gender, binary or non.