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Told as a series of short plays, Highlife explores the tumultuousness of kids about to take the next step into adulthood. The first act is through the prism of that All-American ritual, the pajama party. The second act tackles break-ups, gossip, and what happens moments after the tasseled caps land on the ground.

Educators can alter the running order of plays—creating infinite possibilities.!


Act I - Pajama Party16F, 3M (30-40min)

A young girl named Clifford details the trials and tribulations of all the slumber parties she has overseen. 

A group of teen girls (Olivia, Arva, Briella, Mia, Maggie, and Perla) attend the inaugural Ivy Grove Halloween pajama party sleepover. They talk food, family, and their own ambitions with a pact that one of them will be the first woman to make it on the moon. 

Guy Thing
Boz, Liam, and Jake’s pajama party for bros is rudely interrupted by Jake’s sister Kiki. She mocks the guys who tell her the party is actually a mock pajama party— part of a bet to show Jake’s girlfriend Ilana Lagerfeld that men can actually be friends and not just have activities side by side. The reward: World Series tickets. Kiki is fascinated and decides to help them have the authentic slumber party experience. 

Pool Play
Weird girl Diedré is invited by Shakes to a pajama party for the popular kids. While waiting for everyone to arrive, they discuss their hopes and dreams for college and how Diedré is an outcast. She reveals she is paying for her college education… as a pool hustler! Impressed, Shakes invites her into the inner circle.

The Wallet
Whynetta, the “activist’s activist,” explains to the friends at her college slumber party how she gets things done. Her girlfriends discuss how parties like these can allow themselves to be vulnerable with each other. Whynetta disagrees. She’d rather be respected than loved. Karen struggles with the balance and discusses that particular dilemma with her current boyfriend. Whynetta sets her right with a ruthless, but honest, plan. 

Act II - Love, Loss, and Graduation– 11F, 6M (30-35min)

Leni laments the lack of school spirit in college, based on her older brother’s experience in school. “That’s because it's Idaho State and not someplace like Alabama,” exclaims Benbo. They worry, along with their friends Jake and Joann, that college won’t meet their expectations or actually prepare them for the future. They decide to buck up. It’s senior year and that they should just let the river carry them where it will.

Kyle meets Jennifer in a forest to discuss their impending long-term relationship. Kyle thinks she’d dumping him, but after three years Jennifer wants to back out of their exclusivity. She thinks she’s in love, but has nothing to compare it to. 

Dream Date
Tish, Maddy, and Dream share a chocolate cake and gossip. Aimee, sitting silently in the corner dishes about her date with Billy McAfee and how it broke all the preconceived notions about him… for the worse… except he can literally fly. 

Blue Shirt on Tuesdays
Boz and Jason play catch. Boz tells the insane story of a boy named Hamp interrupting Mrs. Glade’s class to propose to his girlfriend Sullie. Mrs. Glade winds up punching Hamp in the nose. Sullie said yes, FYI. They share more stories that illustrate that real life is always more interesting than anyone can imagine for themselves. 

Jonah and Catherine wait at a bus stop, and Jonah reveals the very personal reason why he plays the trombone. 

The Parrot
Graduation day! Tina, Keesha, and Bo take off their caps and gowns and prepare for what lies ahead, whether it be internships, running their dad’s business, or having a celebratory dinner with an aunt’s parrot. 



Clifford – Female

Olivia – Female
Mia – Female
Maggie – Female
Perla – Female
Briella – Female
Arva – Female
Guy Thing
Boz –Male
Jake – Male
Kiki – Female
Liam – Male
Pool Play
Diedré – Female
Shakes – Female

The Wallet
Jodi – Female
Digby – Female
Ellen – Female
Whynetta – Female
Lolo – Female
Karen – Female
Leni – Female
Benbo – Male
Joann –Female
Jake – Male
Jennifer – Female
Kyle - Male
Dream Date
Maddy –Female
Tish – Female
Dream – Female
Aimeé - Female
Blue Shirt on Thursdays  
Jason – Male
Boz - Male
Jonah – Male
Catherine –Female
The Parrot
Tina – Female
Kesha – Female
Bo - Female

Setting: The play can be done flat on the floor with furniture brought on and off by cast members or there could be a series of platforms. A giant painting of a tiger’s head… or not. Simplicity is a virtue.

Jon Jory (author) Founding Artistic Director of The Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Co-Artistic Director Springfield Rep., Producing Director Actors Theatre of Louisville, Founding Artistic Director Humana Festival of New American Plays. Special Tony Award-winner. Inducted into the New York Theatre Hall of Fame. New York Drama Guild Person of the Year. As a writer, he has over one hundred plays published. Has been one of three finalists for a Pulitzer Prize (Albee won). He is a four-time winner of The American Critics Association’s Best New Play Produced Outside New York. Directed in nine nations. Has four books on acting and directing published by Smith and Kraus. Currently teaching acting at UCLA.

Performance Royalties for AMATEUR and EDUCATIONAL Groups begin at $90.00 performance for theaters under 150 seats, and rise depending on ticket prices and theater particulars. Please fill out an application for your personalized quote. 

Performance Royalties for PROFESSIONAL Theaters will be quoted as a box office percentage, with a minimum guarantee based on ticket prices and theater particulars. Please fill out an application for your personalized quote. 

An Authorized Materials/Rehearsal Package must be purchased from Stage Rights as a part of your licensing agreement (see Materials).

Billing responsibilities, pertinent copyright information, and playwrights' biographies are available in the show rider that comes with your license agreement.

An Authorized Materials/Rehearsal Package must be purchased from Stage Rights as a part of your licensing agreement. Your materials will be sent to you two months prior to your opening date, unless other arrangements have been made in advance with your Stage Rights Licensing Representative.
The Authorized Materials/Rehearsal Package for Highlife consists of:
36 Production Scripts / $390.00 (shipping included)
Production Scripts for Plays are professionally printed and bound with a full-color cover.
You will have the option to purchase additional Production Scripts at a discounted rate when you complete your Licensing Agreement.
Official Logo Pack Now Included! To help you promote your show, Stage Rights now includes a logo pack with your license. The logo pack includes high resolution versions (both color and black and white) of our professionally designed show logo. 
Optional Materials: 
Stage Manager’s Script– Printed on standard 8.5” x 11” 3-hole-punched paper, with the same page numbers and text as the Printed Production Scripts, but with more space on the page for notes and cues.