Local high school to perform teacher’s original play
Intense drama 120 Seconds examines national health care crisis
Woolwich Township, NJ -- The Kingsway Regional High School Drama Department will perform 120 Seconds, an original play by Kingsway faculty member Andrew Young, with a limited special engagement run December 5th – 7th at the school’s Eitel Theater located at 201 Kings Highway.
120 Seconds had its world premiere in New York in 1991 to rave reviews. The powerful drama about the challenge facing America’s health care system was originally developed by Young when he was commissioned by the Arts & Work Ensemble in New York to write a play specifically for its company of 25 actors that takes place in a hospital emergency room. This current series of performances, marks only the third theatrical run for the play with the high school also performing the play back in 2011.
Set in an urban American city, 120 Seconds examines a national health care system in crisis through the eyes of Doctor Rebecca Sanford who has taken over as head of Memorial Hospital's trauma center. The city’s last public hospital is plagued by overcrowding, under funding and long hours, factors that contribute to an atmosphere of chaos and violence which leads to a tragedy when a critically injured patient is overlooked and dies. A cover-up ensues until Dr. Sanford realizes that she faces a choice: fight to retain her humanity in this brutal, unrelenting environment or become numbed by its brutality to the point of dehumanization.
“It’s been almost 30 years since 120 Seconds was first performed but the issues it addresses are even more relevant today,” said Young. “When I discussed potential ideas for this year’s school play with the students, they looked at the script and told me they wanted to do it – it addresses some sensitive topics and they wanted to deliver a message with this year’s performance.”
The Kingsway student production is also directed by Young with assistant director, Scarlett O’Dell and song arrangements by Anthony Sinagaglio. The cast & crew includes more than 50 Kingsway students, led by seniors Erin Highland, Meghan Johnson, Kali Poole, Gab Velez, Steph Matteo, Adam Garrozzo, Sierra Worrell, Leilani Collazo, and Isabella Huhn.
The special engagement run of 120 Seconds includes performances on Thursday, December 5th and Friday, December 6th at 6:30 p.m. and two shows on Saturday December 7th with a Saturday matinee performance at 2 p.m. and closing performance at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and cost $10 for adults and $7 for student and senior citizens.
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