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Good Kids

By NEO PRODUCTIONS
Written by Naomi Iizuka

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Thrust

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Political content, Historical content, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer

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Warnings: Adult language.

Something happened to Chloe after the party. Something she can't remember. Set in a Midwest high school, Good Kids explores a casual sexual encounter gone wrong, its public aftermath and the truth in question.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 4:00pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 1:00pm
 

* Reservations not required, but a Day Pass is. Find out more below.

Ticket Options

Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Day Passes serve as entry to any show in the festival on a given day. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for a particular performance are available by clicking the "reserve" button above. Day Passes can be purchased in advance with a reservation or at any venue box office during the festival.

Weekdays 1pm-3pm and Weekends 11am-1pm we'll also open an Alternative Box Office at Fringe Central so you can grab a Day Pass and skip the lines at the venue before the show.

Day Passes for kids 12 and under are available at any box office during the festival just $5 every day.

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Good Kids

by Linda Albertson on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Good Kids is an amazing, powerful and necessary show. I am a public school and personally know and love some members of this cast and it was wrenching to see these beautiful kids with their lives ahead of them portraying these anguished characters with an insight that I found unsettling. But all adults have beautiful young people in their lives and all adults want their kids to be able to make decisions that heal not destroy. Drama like this is what can get the conversations going between teachers and kids, parents and kids and kids and kids. See this play. Bring your kids and then talk. Bravo to all involved!


Surprising

by Lynda Dahl on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

All of the performances were really strong, which was nice to see from such a young cast. The show is compelling with an important story, but there is no preaching here. They just tell us what they know. Really good, and I highly recommend seeing it.


Spectacularly Done!!!

by Jack Flynn on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

As a high school student, I think this show was a must see. Not only because of it's spectacular acting, but because the topic is something everyone should be informed on. The play handles the topic appropriately and isn't too overbearing. I think the show was great and if you have a chance you should watch it.


Bravo to these performers

by George Simms on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This cast did a hell of a job with this show. It's hard enough to talk about sexual assault, even harder to perform it on stage as a high schooler - Well done. Now my only criticism would be the staging. Some moments are very strong, but push those kids downstage.


Good Kids

by Erica Murphy on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

These kids are good, terrific job I actually didn't know they were high school students until after the show. This is a must see, negatives is the directing it was a little heavy handed, the blocking was over done and felt stiff.


Amazing play, a must see this year!

by Brian Stepanek on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This is another MUST SEE play this year at fringe. Everything about this performance was amazing: the acting was SUPERB (all of the young men and women were super talented, especially the women that played the narrator and the victim) and the script was very well written (perfectly tackling a very important topic and doing an amazing job of making you think about what you can do to help put an end to rape culture). Every high school student and every parent/future parent should see this play once, and I wouldn't hesitate to take my kids to it once they reach that age (the play, while very real, is appropriate at least for children in middle school and up).


Best One-Act I Ever Saw!

by Jonah Hurwitz on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I was so amazed at how real the show felt. The actors and actresses really put in a lot of effort to make it believable and realistic. When I saw it in school, it was so good I had to see it again. But of course that wasn't enough for me so when I heard that Good Kids would be performing in the Fringefest, I knew I had to attend. I brought my parents with me to show them just how great the act is, and I'm happy to say that they agreed 100% with me. I would definitely recommend this to anyone 16+. The cast and crew did a phenomenal job but most importantly, this play has a very serious and important message that everyone should receive.


True to Life

by Rebekah Peterson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I loved how well executed this piece was both in performance and writing! The subject matter is not something everyone enjoys talking about, but it is definitely something that needs to be. Go see it!!


A Theatrical Masterpiece

by Allie Maas on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The subject matter explored by this production and the way the entire cast enables the emotional baggage behind it makes it that much more powerful. You will feel for these characters like I did, no matter where you're sitting! An amazing and inspiring performance that will leave you wanting to change things for the better.


Powerful message from young artists

by Jackson Cobb on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This is such an important show. It's so extremely powerful to see a critique of rape culture by the very students it all too often affects. These actors do such a good job of conveying an extremely difficult story in an impactful way. So many shows involving social media are heavy-handed and thus poorly done, but this show seamlessly integrates it into the storyline when necessary. This is a powerful show with amazing actors and really effective sound/lighting design. Don't miss it!


THOUGHT PROVOKING

by Tram Nguyen on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

As a high school student, "Good Kids" truly gave me a lot to think about. I even had a lengthy and honest conversation with my peers afterwards about the issue presented by the show.

I was in awe with the performance that was put on by the cast. I couldn't believe that young high school students could provide such a raw and powerful experience for the audience.


Powerful

by Mark Webb on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

With such a young cast, many performing for the first time, I was hesitant to see this one. I'm SO glad I went. The entire cast was great, delivering dynamic performances along with the message this powerful script offers. It's meant to create a dialog and it certainly did. We talked about it all the way to our next show. Well done!


a must see

by Mai Matsuhashi on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show was so thoughtfully put together and had me on the verge of tears. I left the theater full of new thoughts about the subject of the show, which is such an important subject to be talked about. Overall a great show that everyone should see.


Powerful Show

by Ali Steger on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The show was very well done and you could tell that the actors really meant what they said. Josh was a very good supporting role, and it was awesome to see what Caleb could do with his role.


Life-changing experience for actors!

by Corrie Fiedler on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 43 shows

A little too black-and-white for my tastes. Most situations have more shades of grey. Though I realize that is probably necessary for a play written to be produced by University and HS students.

I would typically rate this a 3. The extra star was for the fabulous experience this provided to the actors, and to any other HS student who was able to see it.


AMAZING Show

by Kiley Rausch on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Good Kids was an amazing show that left me entirely in awe. The high school actors were fantastic and made me forget I was watching a performance and me me feel like I was apart of the complicated situation they were involved in. They made the entire show seem as though it wasn't staged and this caused me to shed some tears during the heart-to-heart moments. It was a very intense show which added to the significance/importance of the rape culture theme and really accented the issue surrounding it.


Highly Recommended

by Laurel Lindahl on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Thought-provoking and conversation-starting theater. This is a powerful and important show about issues kids are facing in today’s hard-to-navigate social media waters. Highly recommended, especially if you are a parent. Or a kid with a phone.


An Honest Show

by Jacob Guzior on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This play covers some heavy material but doesn't drag for a second. The real life high schoolers who act (really well) in this play don't strain to push how they feel about the topic of rape-culture, the emotion is apparent and the situation is visceral. I've seen this play performed before and there is something really eerie about having the actors dress like real high schoolers you see on the road, they act and talk like real high schoolers you see and that's because this is a glimpse into their lives and minds. My favorite part is after the cast has spent thirty minutes creating a vivid world of a small high school where a rape has been committed, they impersonate newscasters spinning the story with a deeply dark irony of the situation.


Outstanding Production

by Alissa Anker on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show is not only impressive for a group of high school students, but it moves the audience to take an honest look at the rape culture that is so prevalent in our society. The actors tell the story in a genuine and moving manner. The characters are raw and the play gives a voice to the people who are involved and affected by sexual assault. I urge you to attend this performance. You won't regret it.


High School

by Walter Furtney on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 35 shows

Powerful show. Young cast. A very brave performance by Dexieng Yang. I was actually moved emotionally by her soliloquy.


Important and Necessary

by Amanda Oporto on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Great show! Everyone in the ensemble was fantastic, but Dexieng Yang brought tears to my eyes at one point with her portrayal of Chloe. I hope this show sparked many conversations. I know I'll keep talking about it and its message.


Worthwhile

by Cole Estrem on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This show is an extremely well preformed presentation of a very powerful and important message. These actors conduct themselves with the gravity and seriousness that this story deserves.


Important

by Hope Funke on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This is one of the most important things I've seen in Fringe. These young actors really surprised me with their story telling skills. Though the script didn't necessarily present the issue with the thoughtfulness that it deserves, I really appreciate the issue being presented at all.


Talented cast

by Fourth Wall on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

This is serious content. The hour flies by. This is a very polished and impactful show.


Powerful and effective!

by Divya Maiya on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

The play was very well directed, choreographed and the blocking was creative. The subject was well tackled and the actors were so so good. Good job kids! Very proud of this production for being so bold and saying it like it should be.


Proud of these kids!

by sam gisselman on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Impressive acting and storytelling by a young cast. They approached the topic with passion and I'm proud of them for inspiring thought and conversation!


<3

by Joe Allen on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

This is educational theatre at its finest, where talented young heartminds are scratching at some really heavy shit that they're only just now beginning to understand, but live through and are shaped by all the same - yet in the safe, raw, expansive, and nurturing space of the theatre.

As a survivor, and as someone who worked multiple years on a similar show in theme/content/intent through college, I will always defend, underscore, and promote this type of work.

As a critique of the script, for a show that's been lauded for its timeliness and prescience, and performed by prestigious theatre colleges: I fear for the young survivors who don't fit into the popular kid box or cis-normativity. I wouldn't have expected erasure here.

1 person found this review helpful


Great Performance

by Rusty Nelson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Honest insight into the conflicted world of social media that today's teens navigate through, wonderful performance. A must see!


Conversation starter

by Denise Swanson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A must see if you have teens or work with teens. A conversation starter delving into rape culture and a look at the diverse reactions of a community trying to rationalize the unthinkable. The cast is fresh and young and the dialogue is spot on.


Tell it kids!

by Tim Nelson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Their performance had me stirring in my seat as they touch several nerves on today's culture. A powerful commentary.


Good Kids? The name says it all!

by Kaylan Fernandez on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

nuance. drama. conflict. this show has all of that. kudos to you all for tackling such a stigmatized topic. great stepping stone for keeping the conversation on rape culture moving forward.


Impressive and Moving

by Nichole Hamilton on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Honestly had no intent in seeing this show, but others were sold out. How fortunate for me. These high school talents truly moved me in the storytelling of a topic that is so uncomfortable but must be talked about, a reminder that we are too silent when it comes to important conversations. Theatrically, I was most impressed by the staging - very slick and well executed - allowed me to give over to the story.

1 person found this review helpful


poignant, relevant.

by Connor Swanson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This abstract performance detailing the events of a horrific sexual assault of a high-school girl and the aftermath and responses from classmates and parents is shocking and well-done. Playwright Naomi Iizuka perfectly captures the dialogue of teenagers - as they speak to their peers and to themselves - she does not fall into the familiar trap of giving teens a voice spoken by an older member of society. What makes this poignant and relevant piece is the cast. Nancy Owzarek has assembled a remarkably talented group of young actors, who let their own feelings about rape-culture, misogyny, and what it is to be a teenager show in their captivating performances. All should see this show and continue the important social conversation it starts.


Thought Provoking

by Joni Anker on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I was very moved by this performance. Not only does the cast play shed light on a current and troubling issue but the actors' performances are honest and authentic. This show is thought provoking; I would highly recommend putting this show on your list. You won’t be disappointed.


Very Good Kids

by John Herbrand on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

If you are now, have ever, or ever will be a kid, you should check out Good Kids. It's an intense and compelling exploration of youth sexual assault with great performances from a cast of all high school students. It's more of a conversation starter than a traditional narrative, but it's a conversation you need to be having now more than ever.


The good kids rocked the stage

by Mackenzie Donais on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

What a great show! From the working of the script, to the raw performance of an incredible cast. I felt this show had truley put me in a state of awh the entire time. I do admit that there was not much of a mood change. However, the topic allowed the mood to stay serious while also having a sense of anger, anticipation, and annoyance. Such a heartfelt show and it is an absolute must see!


Moved to tears

by Mara Currens on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This story is so important to tell and the actors, although most are still in high school, deliver an emotional punch that is genuine. Although it can seem like a "teen justice meeting" with the chorus-type narration and dialogue, it definitely works for this show and with these actors. Special s/o to Jenna Herbrand and Dexieng Yang for their excruciatingly present executions of their characters. It moved me to tears. This topic is real for so many people, of all genders, and so presenting this issue is so very important. This is a must see - not only for stellar performance and strong direction, but also for the discussion it brings to the masses. Go Good Kids!


Drama drama drama drama

by Bailey Hess on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 29 shows

I liked the collective narrative performance and the subject matter is very important. Overall, I liked this show, but I wish it had more levels other than dramatic. I agree with the previous reviews that it shows like a teenager social justice meeting, with "like"s and "you know"s galore. I think with a touch of rework with the script, it can be even more effective. (the "she asked for it. It was rape." dialogue went on a little long.) And if the cast could move away from the jerky, over-presentational way of speech team acting, it could be a so much deeper, believable performance.

1 person found this review helpful


Moving, real and raw

by Lisa Lamb on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I loved it. My 14 year old daughter thought it was great. Creative. Fast-paced. So well done!! So glad I saw it!!!!!


Has potential

by Amanda Baxter on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

The young actors had incredible personas onstage and the content matter is important to talk about, but it seemed to drag on for too long. It also seemed more like a social justice meeting (which isn't a bad thing) and less like a theater performance. I would recommend it though!

1 person found this review helpful


10+++++

by Connie Petersen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

In tears following this performance, I hugged my daughter, told her I loved her and had to go outside to reset. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! Everything about this show is perfection! Bravo cast, crew, and all involved with this production. The writer is an incredible job with a taboo subject that NEEDS to not be ignored any longer!

1 person found this review helpful


Take your teens AND yourself!

by Thomas Hickson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Great acting, tight blocking, awesome script, really important topic handled head on. GO.


Has potential

by Mickey Anderson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

This show is a typical "high school students will teach you a lesson about a serious topic" show. I think that the show could have potential, but the actors in this show could not live up to the serious topic they were trying to convey. There was maybe one or two very heartfelt moments, especially from actors Jenna Herbrand, who plays the "narrator" of the show, and from Dexieng Yang, who plays the main character. Important topic, not well performed.


Truth is not always easy

by M. Albert on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Make sure you see Good Kids are part of your MN Fringe experience. The story is not easy and does not have a feel good ending, yet represents how we deal with sexual assault within our communities, schools, and social groups. Lines such as "Boys will be boys", "It was just a joke", are only a couple of the lines that represent the narrative all too often played out in our day to day lives. If you are a parent, teacher, school advisor or just an active theater patron, take time to see this show. The performances are real and to the point. I was impressed by the actor's authentic and unencumbered performances and direction.


Powerful and Intense

by Chayla Velander on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show really brought the idea of rape culture out of the dark and displayed it in a new way. Instead of focusing solely on the victim of the sexual assault, it focused also on the community around her. The script was powerful and hit home in some way with parents, adults, and teens alike. A very powerful play done impeccably by the students.

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Good Kids ~ Great Show

by Lisa Workin on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Thought provoking ~ great performances ~ go see it!!!

1 person found this review helpful


Good kids

by Judi Workin on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Very thought provoking. So well done.

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A real eye opener.

by Jacob Porras on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Great play with a dynamic cast. A fresh take on rape culture within a modern society. The tall ginger man seemed so genuine throughout the performance, what a great actor.

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Powerful Reality

by Jill Marsh on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I saw Good Kids last night and I can't stop thinking about the powerful message these young adults conveyed in their performance. The harsh truths of rape culture told in a very tasteful way to start courageous conversations. Well done, cast!

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Powerful

by Katy McFall on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Good Kids is a powerful theatre experience. The play deals with important and all too relevant topics--sexual assault and rape culture. These very talented actors handle what could be a trite response deftly. I think impact of this play will continue long after the curtain call as it generates conversation about how we contribute to rape culture and how we should respond to sexual assault. Go see this. If you are a parent of middle or high school kids, take them as a conversation starter.

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Secrets, Isolation, and Requiem

by Drew Hammond on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

It's rare to see a play that focuses on strong female characters, but this show is anchored by three powerful women who all face a shared trauma with agency and conviction. Sadly, the story is all-too-relevant today, but it's a story that demands to be told. The cast does an exceptional job bring this story to life with earnest and energetic performances. The staging is crisp and is paced briskly. Strongly recommended, especially if your life involves teenagers.

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So Important!

by Casey Marie Holmes on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I normally do not like to see shows that aren't originally written at the fringe but this show creates a conversation that is so important. Rape culture is strong and alive in our communities. Kudos to this talented cast of high schoolers for taking this responsibility on! This show makes you see and hear everything you do and don't want to hear about rape. The direction of the show is fantastic as well. Please go see this show and be apart of the discussion.

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Important

by Mariellen Jacobson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 38 shows

An important piece about sexual assault, blame, responsibility, norms, assumptions, excuses, questioning, attitudes and ramifications. Fine performances by these students from Eagan High School. Well-worth fitting into your schedule.

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Huh

by Jackie Krage on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Interesting cutting of the show. I saw the original play at U of M Ann Arbor, and it missed me there and here.
I love Naomi Iizuka, but I prefer to see original new work at Fringe.

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Good Kids. GREAT PLAY!

by Jill Edelman on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Gritty, real and memorable. This play will stick with you - and that is the point. Powerful script and fabulous actors force a spotlight on the issue of sexual assault and rape culture. Keep the conversation going!

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Go See Good Kids

by Damon Brook on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This play, and this performance of it, is a powerful exploration of the way we respond to sexual assault. I found that it humanizes the characters and avoids the traps that could turn it into an after school special. It really forces us to confront the ugly realities of how our culture talks about rape.

Full Disclosure, many of these kids have been my students! They really are good kids. So like, go see it, cause they’re great in this.

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Good Kids -- GREAT show!

by K Herbrand on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Saw the show tonight and was captivated from beginning to end!
AMAZING group of actors who present a thought-provoking, current topic with an important message.
A definite must-see show!!!
Bring your friends …and maybe a little kleenex!

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Great performance!!

by Clare MacDonald-Sexton on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A challenging drama that calls the audience into an examination of our judgments, responsibilities and the stories we tell ourselves. Great performance!! Don't miss it!

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Good Work Good Kids.

by Sam Thomas on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I was impressed by the shows content and ablity to portray the effect of a sexual assault in a high school. The reality of when the characters try to pass their actions off as "just a joke", that really hit home with me. I've seen students do the same thing
The actors themselves do a very nice job with the portrayal and subject matter. I will say the ending is a bit weird, but over all this show, content, and acting deliver.

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Powerful Performance

by Janet Austin on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Good Kids is a must see. This play digs deep into an issue(s) that should be a topic of conversation at every dinner table and middle school/high school classroom. The actors portray their characters with authenticity and courage. Characters are developed and demonstrate a realness throughout. Nicely done.

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Amazingly fantastic show

by Skyler Bough on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Show was great, the cast was wonderful for such a young group and the message is clear and powerful. Fair warning show does feature rape content.

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A moving, important story

by Jon Drucker on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I was so impressed by the work of these young adults. Good Kids brings into focus a topic in our society that must be discussed.... they did so in a powerful, realistic way.

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Good Kids--excellent.

by Michelle Workin on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Powerful message! Must see show!

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Cast and crew

Emily Albert-Stauning

Actor

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Emily Albert-Stauning
In the role of Amber, believes that “Good Kids encapsulates the harm of the bystander effect in the aftermath of sexual assault, displaying the caustic effects of victim blaming mentality, and most importantly showcasing that the victim’s story deserves to be told.” Emily has performed on many stages including The Ordway, The Guthrie, The Fitzgerald Theater, Stepping Stone Theater, and Children’s Theater Company. At age 16, Emily began her own charity called, Hope for a Better Day. Her music video, Don’t Worry, released this summer through Rock the Cause/Sony Records, will raise money for Crescent Cove, the first children's hospice center in the Midwest. This fall, Emily will be a senior at Eagan High School.


Joshua Drucker

Actor



Playing the dynamic role of Tanner in Good Kids, Joshua Drucker is ecstatic to be performing in the Minnesota Fringe Festival. “I would like to write my own show for this festival someday.” He believes that the story of Good Kids must be shared because of the educational and emotional impact the play has on audience members. Always encouraging the power of conversation, this seventeen-year-old began an after-school discussion club at EHS this year in order for students to sit down and talk about challenging topics facing their generation such as rape culture, institutionalized racism, white privilege and civil disobedience. This summer Josh is learning to play the ukulele in preparation for his upcoming role as Smee in the EHS fall production of Peter and the Starcatcher.


Marc Duloc

Stage Manager



Jack-of-everything tech theatre, Mark Duloc is an unflappable techie extraordinaire. During his four years at EHS, Mark worked tech on 20 different productions. He continues to come back to theater because of the unique challenges each show has to offer. This summer Mark accepted the challenge of designing sound for the Minnesota premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Eagan Community Theatre. When he isn’t behind a sound board or gripping a screw gun, Mark enjoys a round of disk golf and boating on Minnesota lakes. This fall, Mark will study theatre at UW Stevens Point majoring in Design and Technology.


Jenna Herbrand

Actor



Jenna Herbrand
hopes to “promote awareness, understanding, and empathy,” by playing the role of Deidre in Good Kids. “Through live theater, people can be deeply touched to create a more empathetic world around them.” Jenna has also appeared in The Elephant Man as Miss Sandwich, Doubt as Sister Aloysius, She Kills Monsters as Tilly Evans, Complete History of America Abridged, and Still Life with Iris. When she’s not listening to one of her favorite artists - Abba, Frank Ocean or Bon Iver, Jenna describes herself as “an avid hammocker passionate for pugs.” With a strong drive to promote social justice, Jenna will attend UMN Twin Cities this fall to pursue a law degree. “I can’t wait to be a gopher. SKI U MAH!”


Jolene Konkel

Choreographer



Jolene M. Konkel
received her MFA in Performance and Choreography through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her choreography has been showcased at UWM’s Dance-Makers series, the UMN’s Jazz Here Jazz Now concert, the Ritz Theater’s Choreographers Evening, as part of Rhythmically Speaking, and in the 2016 Minnesota Fringe festival where she presented Life Beautiful. Jolene serves as Adjunct faculty and Resident Choreographer in the Department of Music and Theatre at the University of Northwestern. She also choreographs the musicals for several area schools. Jolene is grateful to have had the opportunity to work on Good Kids at EHS, and would like to thank Nancy for courageously choosing to present this show and the students who invested themselves in sharing this powerful message.


Ben Kozemzak

Actor



Ben Kozemzak
is brand new to acting. Playing Landon in Good Kids is his very first role. “I saw Good Kids last January and was blown away by how real the show felt. Rape is wrong no matter how a girl is acting before a sexual assault occurs. As a football and basketball player I have seen how athletes can get full of themselves and have a dangerous entitlement attitude. Nothing justifies rape. ” This summer Ben is working at Cold Stone Creamery, training everyday for the fall football season, preparing for the ACTs and hanging out with friends. “I am super excited to be a part of this show. I think the fringe festival is going to be a blast.”


Nathan Lopresto

Actor



Sophomore Nathan Lopresto put down his baseball glove this summer to join the Fringe cast of Good Kids in the role of Ty. Nathan loves the palpable connection with an audience that live performance allows. “Whether it be a comic pratfall, a tragic loss, or a zany adventure, connecting with an audience onstage is a magical experience.” When Nathan is not stirring a crowd through the power of storytelling on stage, he competes on the EHS baseball team, the nationally recognized EHS speech team and plays trumpet in band. In the fall, Nathan will play Lord Aster in the EHS production of Peter and the Starcatcher.


Cameron Marsh

Actor



Cameron Marsh
first witnessed the mind-opening power of Good Kids as an audience member before joining the Fringe cast in the role of Madison. “I had a chance to see Good Kids in January and was moved by the performances of high school students who were able to make themselves vulnerable enough to expose issues of sexual assault in our society. Theatre is the compelling platform to start conversations around the common misconceptions of sexual assault.” Throughout her high school career, Cam performed in many theatre productions including She Kills Monsters, The Complete History of America (Abridged), Godspell and Anything Goes. Last winter Cameron landed a role in the Children’s Theatre Company production of Cinderella and hopes to perform in local productions while attending UMN Twin Cities this fall.


Claire Nelson

Actor



Junior Claire Nelson is delighted to perform as Kylie in Good Kids. “This show does an excellent job of portraying all sides of rape culture. It displays every character’s perspective, whether bystander, victim, or perpetrator.” Claire has performed in several of EHS productions including, Encore! Roadshow, Mary Poppins, Anything Goes, Encore! A Child’s Dream, and Still Life with Iris. She has also found success competing for the EHS speech team in the category of humorous interpretation. In her free time, Claire teaches Sunday school, sings on her church’s worship team, writes short stories and reads everything possible. This fall, Claire will morph into a pirate, a mermaid and the character Hawking Clam in Peter and the Starcatcher.


Nancy Owzarek

Director



A member of the English faculty and a theatre director at Eagan High School, Nancy Owzarek’s directing credits include Cyrano de Bergerac, The Exonerated, Of Mice and Men, Dracula, A Christmas Carol, Good Boys, The Diviners, Mary Poppins, You Can’t Take it With You, Harvey, The Elephant Man, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Glass Menagerie and A Midsummer’s Night Dream as part of the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Last January, Nancy entered Good Kids in the MSHSL one-act competition. “After we performed Good Kids for seven large student audiences during the school day, I asked my English classes to write about the play. Their responses amazed me and I realized how this drama powerfully creating awareness of rape culture. That’s when I threw my name in the MN Fringe Festival lottery for a chance to keep telling this important story.” Nancy O or MizO as students affectionately call her, loves that the fringe experience allows her students to see all kinds of eclectic theatre as well as perform in a totally different setting than high school. “I’m pretty proud of these good kids for their fearless commitment to this important work. The fringe will be an amazing experience for all of us.”


Caleb Rotman

Actor



Caleb Rotman
, recent graduate of Eastview High School, joined the Fringe cast of Good Kids taking on the challenging role of Connor. A true “theatre kid” Caleb has played such recognizable roles as Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Father Flynn in Doubt and Katurian in The Pillowman. Caleb has always been drawn to theater. “It gives audience members the opportunity to share an experience. Film and television lack the raw, visceral emotion that comes with live performance.” Caleb joined the speech team his senior year, placing fifth at the MSHSL State Speech Tournament in the category of dramatic interpretation. This fall Caleb will take a gap year to work with refugees in the Mediterranean.


Julia Sexton

Actor



Performing the role of Brianna, Julia Sexton hopes Good Kids can help break the shame and silence of victims of sexual assault. “Our production allows the audience to hear the voice of the victim. 1 in 5 women will be victims of sexual assault. This is topic that needs to be exposed before real change can happen.” This summer Julia spent nine days in the Boundary Waters as part of the EHS Summer Science Institute and travelled to Guatemala with her church to rebuild houses and stoves. Next year as a junior honors student, Julia will participate in robotics, compete on the travelling speech team and continue her love for the theatre as the student director of Peter and the Starcatcher.


Rachel Standal

Actor



Rachel Standal
packs a gritty performance in the role of Skyler. “If I’ve learned one thing from doing theater for the past seven years, it’s that theater is powerful. I hope that our production of Good Kids continues to help break the silence around rape culture in our society.” In addition to playing Jane in Mary Poppins, and Agnes Evans in She Kills Monsters, Rachel also competed on the nationally ranked EHS speech team, placing in the top 14 national speakers in informative speaking two years consecutively. This summer Rachel is teaching at Richfield Dual Language School before she begins her freshman year at UMN Twin Cities double majoring in Spanish and Management Information Systems.


Meg Swanson

Actor



Meg Swanson
has graced the EHS stage in many theater productions including playing Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins, Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes, Katherine in Taming of the Shrew, and Andrina in Eagan’s Community Theater production of The Little Mermaid. Now in her first drama, Meg takes on the role of Daphne in Good Kids. “Performing this role allows me to step out from the shyness of who I am to speak out against the problem of rape culture in our society.” With a golden voice and a brain for the periodic table, Meg will attend St. Olaf College as a freshmen this fall studying chemistry and vocal performance.


Lauren Thornton

Production Assistant



As production assistant, Lauren Thornton lends a helpful hand to costume malfunctions, prop mishaps, or whatever dilemma the good kids are having at the moment. Lauren strongly believes in the message of Good Kids. “This show sheds light on the reality of sexual assault among teens, a topic typically shunned by society. I hope many teenagers and parents come to see our show.” A gifted writer and honor student, Lauren participates in several activities at Eagan High School including Spanish club, a student produced weekly news show entitled Eagan AM, National Honors Society, and choir.


Dexieng Yang

Actor



Playing the character of Chloe, Dexieng Yang believes in the compelling message of Good Kids. “The drama reveals the role that the bystander plays in rape culture, a role that many students, myself included, may find ourselves in at some point. Good Kids addresses the shared responsibility of those who stand by and do nothing.” Dexieng loves to channel her passion for theatre arts into performances that cause audience members to think and ask important questions. During her high school career at EHS, Dexieng appeared in She Kills Monsters as Ferrah, A Servant’s Christmas as Ms. Pettingill, and Still Life with Iris as Annabelle Lee. This fall, Dexieng will continue to dabble with modeling (check out her FB page) while attending Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

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Something happened to Chloe after a high school party on Saturday night. The problem is, she can’t remember anything, but everybody at high school is talking about what happened. Was she raped? Did she ask for it? How could those boys do that to her? Or did they? Set in a mid-west high school in a world of Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and smart phones,  Good Kids explores the unsettling aftermath of a sex crime and its cover-up. Who’s telling the truth? Whose version of the story do you believe; and what does that say about you? Loosely based on the Steubenville High School rape case in Steubenville, Ohio in 2012, Good Kids is provocative, haunting and stunningly current.


Recommendation:
Good Kids is a timely and powerful portrayal of young adults, alcohol, and the impact of sexual assault in our communities. From the build up, to the explosive event, and the shockwave, Good Kids has a rippling impact on the audience as they witness the multi-faceted realities of rape culture.
The amazing performances of these Eagan High School students pay homage to the characters and plot of a sensitive, but serious topic, bringing to life the narratives of the victim, the accused, and the bystanders.

Katie Eichele
Director of the Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education
Sexual Assault* Relationship Violence* Stalking
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities


 

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