The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note by Lindsay Price is an incredibly theatrical high school play that runs the full gamut of emotions.
Jake finds a suicide note in his mailbox. He doesn’t know who it’s from, or to whom it is addressed. His friends speculate, joke, and lose interest while Jake becomes obsessed. He goes on a crusade to find the author of the note. Instead, he stumbles upon a secret he never wanted to know.
This play explores how a group of teenagers publicly and privately deal with the issue of suicide. It is honest, straightforward, and also humorous. There is a great balance between ensemble, character, and monologue work.
Nancy Reimer from New Town School District in New Town, North Dakota was thrilled to share the journey and the success that her drama team experienced with their productions:
I want to tell you first-hand what an inspiration the play has been to my team! It brought out the talents and skills that I knew my students had. We competed in the Region 9 One Act Play competition and my team was able to do a complete award sweep. We took 1st place, plus every actor also received a superior actor as an ensemble, and I received the director of the year award.
We then performed at the state competition on against some very polished teams with elaborate sets. We knew we had our work cut out for us. With a simple set of just boxes, we brought home the North Dakota State Class B One Act Play Runner-Up. My actor that played “Ken” also brought home a state Superior Actor Award. This was a first in our school’s history and in my career as a coach.
TIPS: Keep it simple and focus all direction on character development, emotion and interaction with other characters! Let the play convey the message! This is a true ensemble piece and timing is crucial.
Congratulations on all of your success, New Town School District!
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