Whirligig by John Newman

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About The Play

Drama. 65-75 minutes. 2-21 females, 3-21 males (5-30+ performers possible). Suitable for high school and older performers, middle school and older audiences.

Adapted from the novel Whirligig by Newbery Award-winning author Paul Fleischman.

The play premiered at Highland High School (Salt Lake City, UT), directed by the playwright. It was subsequently produced at Mountain View High School (Orem, UT), where it was directed by Nathan Criman.

Printed Script: $7.95 (contains special author commentary)Digital Perusal Script: $7.50. Performance Royalties: $65.00/performance. Production Photocopy License:  $50.00 (PDF file that may be printed/copied for your cast/crew; must be purchased in conjunction with Performance Royalties)Classroom Photocopy License: $75.00 (PDF file that may be printed/copied for closed classroom study only). Professional rights should be negotiated directly with YouthPLAYS at info@youthplays.com. Need detailed help?  Click on Place an Order and then look for the blue What Do I Order? button!


After teenage Brent Bishop gets drunk at a party, causes a car accident, and kills a young woman, the far-reaching consequences of his actions overwhelm him. Desperate to find some way to undo the suffering he's caused, Brent accepts the challenge from the victim’s mother: build four whirligigs in the corners of the country as memorials to her daughter. As Brent takes his journey, four individuals that he never meets find their lives transformed by the whirligigs he builds. But will the teen be able to forgive himself for an unforgivable mistake and move forward with his life?

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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.