Kid Turboni Brings the Rain

by Mark J. Costello

About the Play

Dramedy. 60-70 minutes. 2 females, 3 males. Suitable for middle school and older performers and all audiences.

Winner of the 2018 American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) Distinguished Play Award.

First read by The Growing Stage - The Children's Theatre of New Jersey as part of their New Play-Reading Series, and developed at the Write Now! conference.

Promising Playwright Award, The Colonial Players of Annapolis, 2015.

Synopsis

It's 115 degrees in the shade in Kid Turboni's Albuquerque housing project—the summer's biggest heat wave yet, and there's no end in sight. Tired of the heat's foolishness, Kid and his best friend Billy set out to liberate their suffering people by stealing rain from Mother Nature just like their hero, fabled ex-tenant Smack Turkenson. But Kid has bigger problems than the heat. He misses his mom, his friend Kelly wants to be more than friends, he can't get his rain dance right, and everyone's expectations for him are mighty hard to manage. It all crashes together as the temperature climbs, making everyone ask—can Kid Turboni bring the rain?

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