Cloront, a Dream Play

Collaboration with El Dorado High School Studio 81. Made possible by California Arts Council, Artists in Schools. Written by students Maggie McClymont, Catie Gray, Drew Butts, and Sarah Thomas.

Photo by Sarah Bennett Photography. Student Maggie McClymont

Photo by Sarah Bennett Photography. Student Maggie McClymont

cloront a dream play

Cloront is an entirely student-written play that was developed during a collaboration with El Dorado High School Studio 81. Teaching artists form See The Elephant led ‚ÄúCollaborative Playmaking‚ÄĚ, a year-long class with select theater students in the department and developed this piece, from page to stage.

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Left: 2 of the student- playwrights from El Dorado High School Studio 81. Right: the cast of Cloront in a Q & A session with the audience after a show.

Left: 2 of the student- playwrights from El Dorado High School Studio 81. Right: the cast of Cloront in a Q & A session with the audience after a show.

Cloront, a Dream Play delves into the anxieties of the contemporary teenage experience amidst social pressures, tests of success, and technology defining identity. This multi-layered play follows Jane who finds herself in a school-like dystopian environment and follows a mysterious girl named Anna. As Jane gets further immersed in this world, she is interrupted by memories of herself as a child. We come to realize that Jane is processing something deeper- the loss of her mother. Anna ultimately helps Jane to shed the expectations she has put on herself and remember her child-like self.

photos by sarah bennett