New Kid

By Dennis Foon

September 19 – November 23, 2016

At some point, every one of us has been the new kid.

Nick’s family has just moved to the United States. He can’t communicate, feels hopelessly out of place and struggles to find a way to belong. Nick is the new kid. When he arrives on the first day of school, his hopes of making new friends are dashed.  The kids in his school make fun of his clothes, his lunch, and his confusion about almost everything. One boy bullies him relentlessly. Worst of all, Nick doesn’t speak the language.

With a clever twist, New Kid immediately puts us in Nick’s shoes. Nick and his mother speak English, while the “American” kids speak an invented language. As Nick struggles to understand, so do we. Nick’s journey to acceptance and understanding is one that is familiar to all of us who have ever experienced the feeling of being different or new. New Kid will provide an innovative platform to discuss bullying, the newcomer experience, and the richness and importance of diversity and inclusion.

New Kid is generously supported by the

Berges Family Foundation

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Praise for New Kid

“A smart play (that) will resonate with smart kids”

—Tom Williams, ChicagoCritic.com

  • Winner, Best Production, Dublin (Ireland) Theatre Festival;
  • Winner, British Theatre Award
  • Finalist, Chalmers Award

HEC-TV: Metro Theater Addresses the Immigration Experience With New Kid

[view on HEC-TV.org]

School Performances

Touring to your school September – November 2016

For more information or to book New Kid to come to your school, contact Metro Theater Company’s Community Engagement Manager at community at metroplays dot org or call 314.932.7414, extension 106.

Download a printable flyer for New Kid

Download the New Kid Educator’s Guide