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Black Dog - 4 vs the wrld

Black Dog

4 vs the wrld

By Matthew Heiti
Subjects: Ontario Playwrights, Northern Ontario Playwrights, Family Life, Siblings, Mental Health, Death, Grief & Loss, Theatre for Young Audiences, Mental Health, By Age — 15–18
Casting: 2 f, 3 m
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770915541, 104 pages, September 2016
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770915565, 104 pages, September 2016
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770915558, 104 pages, September 2016


The Breakfast Club meets Shirley Jackson in a fusion of live theatre and technology that tells a darkly comic but hopeful story of four teenage outsiders struggling with death, depression and the shadow of a black dog.

Two is fraught. While dealing with the impossible expectations of her parents, she is trying to understand why her brother, a bright and talented teenager, has taken his own life. It’s not until a fateful school detention that she meets three other students who all seem as lost as she is. There’s Three, a quiet, misunderstood guy who doesn’t quite know how to care for himself; Four, the fashionable, popular kid and class clown; and Five, a rebel ready to fight against everyone and everything. Despite their differences, they each grapple with depression and anxiety and become an unlikely source of comfort to one another. As the four unite to battle teachers, parents, therapists and their own demons, their promising futures begin to reveal themselves.