Demonstration of a Drunk Driver Accident
ALCHEMICAL THEATER LABORATORY
Written by Jacob Grover
Directed by Joel Kirk
"Demonstration of a Drunk Driving Accident" centers on a group of high school seniors attempting to stage an informational mock car crash to spread awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving in anticipation of their prom. But their once-conventional rehearsal begins to break down as the speckled record of the groups' past comes to light, shattering the bonds of friendship they once thought impermeable and the illusion that their youth make them invincible. The piece grapples not only with the fleeting nature of adolescent innocence but the meta-theatrical implications of "scared-straight" programs, questioning the merit and efficacy of didactic pseudo-theater. The material derives from Grover's own experience with a similar type of program put on by his high school while he was a student.
The play features Kendall DuPre, Chapman Hyatt, Michelle Davis, John DiMino, and Stephanie Wurster, all alumni (barring DuPre, who is in her final semester) of New York Univeristy's Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama. Director Joel Kirk hails from Ball State University in Indiana
Grover himself is also an alumnus of Tisch, graduating in May of 2016 with a BFA in dramatic writing with a concentration in playwriting.
"Demonstration of a Drunk Driving Accident" is a play written by Jacob Grover. Its upcoming production at the Alchemical Theatre Laboratory is being directed by Joel Kirk, produced by Jonathan Evans and Rebecca Lampiasi, with Chase Crandell serving as co-producer. Tate Rehklau and Grant Farsi served as lighting designers and Lucas Castro as stage manager. Poster and promotional art design by Luke Strickler.