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A one act drama for 3M, 4F
Seven combative Middle School students must work together when their school is surrounded by rising floodwaters

Runtime: 30 minutes
Period: August 25th, 2017
Setting: A classroom in Houston.

Characters: (3M,4F)
ANNABEL - short, sensitive.
JAVIER - guarded, touchy.
JENNIFER - popular, skates by on her looks.
STEVE - athletic, a do-er more than a thinker.
THOMAS - book-smart but awkward.
YOLANDA - tough, no-nonsense.
ZOEY - smart-alec, aware.

The play was written during Hurricane Harvey, about Hurricane Harvey.
All author proceeds from the play go directly to hurricane relief organizations.


About Rising

Drama, 30 min, 4F, 3M

Rising is set in a Houston Middle School during a Hurricane.

I wrote this play while trapped in my Houston home by the rising waters of Hurricane Harvey. At the time I wrote it, I was waiting for the power to go out at any second, worried that my home would be damaged. There were several tornado warnings that held up writing... at the end of it, I was one of the very lucky ones - the waters filled our street, but didn't reach the sandbags in front of the door before they receded.

In Rising, seven combative Middle School students, trapped in their classroom by rising floodwaters, struggle to survive against the storm outside and the rising conflicts between them. As they clash over their minimal supplies and desperate situation, differences are magnified, and friendships are both forged and tested, until they are faced with the ultimate decision: Flee into the storm now, or stay while the water around them gets ever higher.

Rising premiered at YES Prep Northline Middle School in Houston, December 1st, 2017, less than 100 days after the actual event.

If you are producing this play, I have pre-recorded sound FX files for the three radio announcements. Please feel free to email me and I will happily send you them!

All author proceeds from this play, whether from sales or productions, are going straight to charities working for hurricane relief.

2019 Productions.

Rising had four productions in 2019, at Hillwood Middle School in Ft Worth, Texas; Wilson High School in West Lawn, PA; the Wilbur Wright Theatre in Munster, Indiana, and most recently performed by Summit Christian Academy in Broken Arrow, OK.

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Sample Dialogue...

Rising Sample Dialogue

Rising - a new play about Hurricane Harvey PENNSYLVANIA THESPIAN TROUPE #6770 Wilbur Wright Theatre