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Phoenix to Present "Good Boys and True"
Posted 12/06/2016 10:00AM

Phoenix, Masters’ honorary drama society, will present the play Good Boys and True on Friday, December 9, at 7:30 PM in the Experimental Theater at the Fonseca Center.

The drama by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa focuses on a sexual assault at an independent boys’ school. Masters’ production will be directed by senior Samantha “Sam” Coppola and feature a cast of six students. Sam, Phoenix co-president, found the script and brought the play to Christopher Briante, Drama and Dance Department Chair, for his approval. Phoenix then voted in favor of presenting the drama, Mr. Briante says.

The plot centers on senior Brandon Hardy, a smart, athletic and popular student, and his mother, Elizabeth. Brandon’s privileged life is threatened when a disturbing videotape is found on campus. As the scandal unfolds, Elizabeth must sort fact from fiction and confront unsettling truths about her son, herself and their life.

“There exists at many independent schools, single gender and coed, a culture of ‘athletic privilege,’” Mr. Briante says. “Such cultures, unchecked and uneducated, can lead to the type of sexual assault that is the focus of Good Boys and True. Theater is a great educational tool, and we at Masters are fortunate to take on tough topics in the classroom and on stage. I believe this play brings to light the dangers that many high school and college-aged athletes and students could face.”

Mr. Briante cautions, however, that “this is a mature drama with sexually explicit language, which is not suitable for all ages.”

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