Erasing the Brain by Nina Mansfield

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About The Play

Dramedy.  8-11 minutes.  1 male, 1 female, plus a female offstage voice.  Suitable for upper elementary school and older.

Erasing the Brain
premiered as part of Turtle Shell Productions' 8-Minute Madness YouthFest (New York, NY; directed by Joel Haberli).

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When Ellen discovers that her younger brother Mattie has read her diary, she resorts to drastic measures:  she takes his video game controller hostage.  Mattie tries to convince Ellen that he can erase his brain, including all memories of the boy that she has been writing about.  After all, Mattie argues, wasn’t Mom able to erase her brain?  Has their mom really forgotten all about their dad, and is Mattie destined to as well?

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Did You Know?

John P. McEneny is the Artistic Director of Piper Theatre Productions, a 14 year old theatre company located in the heart of Park Slope, Brooklyn.