The Metal Children, The Weekend Theater, 7th & Chester in downtown Little Rock. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 11-26. Tickets are $16, $12 for students and seniors age 65 and over. Tickets are available for purchase at www.weekendtheater.org and, based on availability, at the door. For more information only, call 501-374-3761.
In small-town America, a young adult novel about teen pregnancy is banned by the local school board, igniting a fierce and violent debate over abortion, religious beliefs, and modern feminism. Its directionless New York City author arrives in town to defend the book and finds that it has inspired a group of local teens to rebel in strange and unexpected ways. Consider the ruckus stirred by the young adult book: a testy night at the school board meeting is just the appetizer. The book also inspires a swarm of teenage pregnancies, a horde of pig-masked vigilantes terrorizing the populace, a suicide, and at least one murder attempt. A timely and unforgettable drama about the failure of urban and heartland America to understand each other, The Metal Children explores what happens when fiction becomes a matter of life and death.
Directed by Justin Pike.