"I WANT TO USE THIS CROWN TO CHANGE THE WORLD! If I can just change one life, one little insignificant life, I think it will justify the beauty that God has given me.” So ends the victory speech of 17-year old Tracey Ackhart upon her coronation as Miss Late Teen Colorado. A day before the national pageant in Virginia Beach, Tracey disappears, hurling the rest of her family into disarray. Grace and Ron, Tracey's mismatched parents, differ in the way they cope. Travis, Tracey's awkward, sexually awakening younger brother, is unsure how to feel about a sister who ruthlessly tormented him. The ties of family begin to fray, flashbacks uncover mystery, and startling discoveries and revelations hurtle the entire family towards an emotional abyss. Darker memories emerge, nervous breakdowns erupt, and the cause of Tracey’s disappearance is uncovered. Colorado is a sharp, dark comedy tinged with tragedy. It’s a play about disappointment American-style, the dreams of a family, and the traps set to keep those dreams far, far away.
Dramatists Play Service
Production and Development History
Produced: Summer Play Festival, NYC (2004); World Premiere at Impact Theatre, Berkeley, CA (2006); Dad’s Garage, Atlanta (2007); W.H.A.T., Cape Cod MA (2010).