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By Hilde Kate Lysiak
A “feminist rendition” of the classic book Catcher in the Rye written by a local 16-year-old will be performed at the Tin Shed theater this weekend.
The Catcher in the Rye: a Gluten Free Play, will makes its debut tomorrow evening at 7pm at the Tin Shed Theater and is the brainchild of Patagonia 11th grader Chesed Chap.
“The Catcher in the Rye’s themes are timeless, and I hope people can laugh seeing how we tie those themes to a modern era,” Chap, 16, who is also directing the play, told the Orange Street News.
This is Chap’s third time in the role of director. She says that she was inspired to adapt Catcher because of its overall message.
“I was reading the book [Catcher in the Rye], killing time and I decided I was going to write a play, so I started highlighting and deciding what I wanted to be in the show,” Chesed Chap told the OSN.
The Catcher in the Rye is a story by J. D. Salinger, published in 1951. It was originally intended for adults but is often read by young people for its themes of angst and the superficiality in society.
Chap isn’t sure how much playwriting will be in her future. She plans on going to Brown University to pursuit a career film making or acting but no matter where her path takes her is dedicated to pursuing the arts.
Actors in the show have been inspired by Chap’s direction.
“She’s [Chap] responsible and fun at the same time. She gets everyone involved and she’s not mean, which is kind of hard in directing,” Kaleb Weaver, who is acting in the show, told the Orange Street News.
The Catcher in the Rye: a Gluten Free Play will be performed on at 7pm on both March 6th and 7th at the Tin Shed Theater at N 3rd Ave, Patagonia Arizona. Admission is free.
This sounds wonderful. I’ve loved THE CATCHER IN THE RYE since I first read it many decades ago. The thought of a “feminist rendition” of the novel is very exciting. Wish I could be in Patagonia to see this production. How great that this play has been written by a woman who’s 16 years old.