Stupid Kids

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Stupid Kids
Written by John C. Russell
Characters Judy Noonan
Jim Stark
John "Neechee" Crawford
Jane "Kimberly" Willis
Date premiered August 25, 1998 (1998-08-25)
Place premiered Century Center for the Performing Arts
New York City
Original language English

Stupid Kids is a play by John C. Russell,[1] first published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. of New York,[2] and first performed in 1991. Very similar in tone, plot, and characters to the film Rebel Without a Cause, the play follows four students at Joe McCarthy High.[3]

Subsequent to its New York run, it played in Seattle and Boston and was well-reviewed by Curtain-Up.


Jim has a crush on Judy and Judy's boyfriend Buzz is a popular jock. After a police raid on a rave, Jim makes friends with Neechee (a fey kid who has nicknamed himself after Nietzsche) while Judy befriends punkish riot grrrl Kimberly. As Jim and Judy pursue each other through the unpleasant social procedures of high school, abandoning their rebellious nature in favor of comfortable conformity, Neechee and Kimberly fall unhappily in love with them—Neechee with Jim, Kimberly with Judy. Ultimately, their experience alienates them even further from the mainstream, and from the objects of their affection.


Jim Stark - a masculine, disaffected and apparently rebellious teenager who is new in town and intrigued by Judy

Judy Noonan - a feminine, provocative, and apparently rebellious teenager who is intrigued by Jim

John "Neechee" Crawford - a young gay outcast who is desperately in love with Jim

Jane "Kimberly" Willis - a young gay outcast who is desperately in love with Judy


  1. ^ "Lives Well Lived: John C. Russell; He Who Dances". New York Times. 1 January 1995. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Obituary: John C. Russell; Playwright, 31". New York Times. 27 April 1994. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Marks, Peter (15 June 1998). "THEATER REVIEW; The Churning World of High School Fantasies". New York Times. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 

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