Geography Club (play)
|Written by||Brent Hartinger|
|Date premiered||Seattle FringeACT Festival 2004|
|Place premiered||Seattle, WA, USA|
Robert L. Goodkind High School
Geography Club premiered as a staged reading in Seattle, WA at the third annual Seattle FringeACT Festival of New Plays in 2004, directed by Ilene Fins. The Geography Club starred Brendan Callahan as Russel Middlebrook.
The play's production premiere was as the opening show at the first annual Northwest Playwright's Alliance Festival of New Plays in 2008. It was directed by David Domkoski (who applauded the play for being both "good and relevant to what’s happening to kids right now") and starred Galen Wicks, then a senior at Tacoma School of the Arts, as Russel. One review said that "Geography Club stands confidently on a cliff-edge of new theater: theater for young people, dealing with hot topics seldom dramatized. Weaving through the ultra-delicate intricacies of teenage identity, the play builds strong themes of friendship and belonging, just as well (or better) as its original form."
Subsequent productions have taken place in Edmonton, Canada; Salt Lake City, Utah; and elsewhere.
- Hartinger's official website
- 3rd Annual Seattle FringeACT Festival, Geography Club
- Nagle, Matt - Festival of Northwest Plays, Tacoma Weekly (14 February 2008)
- Ponnekanti, Rosemary - Tacoma’s new Festival of Northwest Plays celebrates local talent, The News Tribune (19 February 2008)
- Ponnekanti, Rosemary - Heartfelt emotion, mixed acting in stage adaptation of “Geography Club”, The News Tribune (21 February 2008)
- Photo from the University of Utah production