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Distillery Theatre Company’s “Playground” Casting Gimmick Pays Diminishing Dramatic Dividends as the Play Progresses

Distillery Theatre Company’s world-premiere production of “Playground,” Appalachian State University senior Jonathan Fitts’ fact-based play about a 10-year-old Yemeni girl’s forced marriage to — and subsequent divorce from — a man three times her age, employs an unusual casting gimmick. The children are played by adults, and the adults are played by children. Unfortunately, this stunt-casting gambit pays diminishing dramatic dividends as the play progresses.

“Playground” Chronicles a 10-Year-Old Yemeni Girl’s Struggle to Get a Divorce from a Man Three Times Her Age

Based on a true story and presented as part of Burning Coal’s “Wait ‘Til You See This!” second-stage series, the Distillery Theatre Company production of “Playground” chronicles the struggle of a typical Yemeni girl, married at age 10 to a man three times her age, to obtain a divorce from her abusive husband. It was an act of defiance that alienated her from her family, her country, and especially its Islamic judicial system.