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Springfield Technical Community College
School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

by Lisa Loomer

Directed by Phil O'Donoghue
Performed by Students of College Theater Workshop

  • Thursday, May 1 @ 11AM
  • Friday, May 2 @ 7PM
  • Saturday, May 3 @ 7PM
  • Sunday, May 4 @ 2PM

STCC Theater, Scibelli Hall, Building 2
General Admission Tickets: $10; Students: $5
Additional Information: Professor Phil O'Donoghue  or Cynthia Claudio at 413-755-4232

Distracted is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

by Lisa Loomer

What's wrong with nine-year-old Jessie? He can't sit still, he curses, he raps, and you can't get him into - or out of - pajamas. His teacher thinks it's Attention Deficit Disorder. Dad says, He just a boy! Is Jesse dysfunctional, or just different? Don't we all have ADD, to some degree? She consults a psychologist, a homeopath, a neuropsychologist, and an environmental physician. She talks to neighbors, whose kids have their own diagnoses. A psychiatrist prescribes Ritalin for Jesse, but surely a pill can't solve all of his problems. Throughout, Jesse is an offstage voice, becoming louder and angrier, but he is in danger of fading away. And his parent's marriage is in peril. Everyone is distracted, even the actors - they're breaking character! A hilarious, provocative, and poignant look at a modern family and an epidemic dilemma: are we so tuned into our 24/7 info-rich world that we've tuned out what really matters?

A sharply comic, sharply observant and surprisingly humane play. Associated Press

A chronically entertaining comedy. The New York Daily News