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March 14 through April 5

The Outsiders

Theatre of Youth

(theatreofyouth.org, 716-884-4400)

By Christopher Sergel, adapted from the S. E. Hinton novel of the same name

 

Synopsis: Oklahoma teen gangs the Greasers and the Socials are perpetually at odds, until a brawl leads to a tragic outcome that sends the Greasers into hiding, where they’re forced to deal with the consequences of their violent lives.

 

The source material for the 1983 film and the subsequent play was S. E. (Susan Eloise) Hinton’s 1967 novel, which she began writing at fifteen and had published at eighteen. She is credited with introducing the YA genre and, while her book is banned in some schools, it remains canon in others.

 

In 1983, Francis Ford Coppola produced a film of the classic with a stellar young cast of future stars: C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, and Diane Lane.

 

In 1990, Christopher Sergel of Dramatic Publishing (the name may sound familiar because of the recent Mockingbird debacle) adapted the popular title in 1990.

 

This summer, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre will premiere a musical version of The Outsiders, with a book by Broadway’s Adam Rapp (The Sound Inside) and music by Jonathan Clay, Zach Chance, and Justin Levine; Levine’s credits include music supervision and orchestrations for Moulin Rouge!

 

What they said: “The tale, originally by S. E. Hinton and set in the 1960s, is firmly resonant today. Moving from moments of joy to moments of deep sadness, the 120-minute run-time flies by with astonishing speed as the story explores themes of friendship, social exclusion, class difference and loss of innocence.”–Brian Godfrey, Glam Adelaide, 2018

 

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