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Henry Ford II Theatre Department presents the Outsiders
Henry Ford II Theatre Department presents the Outsiders
Posted on 10/17/2019

This fall, Henry Ford II’s Theatre Department presents a stage adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s “The Outsiders.” Because many of the district's 8th grade English classes include The Outsiders as required reading, we are offering a special, discounted tickets for all 8th grade UCS students (with valid student ID) for all performances AT THE DOOR ONLY. 

Adapted by Christopher Sergel, this stage play deals with real people, seen through the eyes of young Ponyboy, a Greaser on the wrong side of life, caught up in territorial battles between the have-it-made rich kids—the Socs—and his tough, underprivileged "greaser" family and friends. In the midst of urban warfare, somehow Ponyboy can't forget a short poem that speaks of their fragile young lives:

Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief,
so dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.

"Robert Frost wrote it," Ponyboy tells Johnny. "I always remembered it because I never quite got what he meant by it." Cherry, a beautiful Soc, comes to share a special sensitivity with Ponyboy as she discovers that he remembers poems and needs to watch sunsets. 

At the same time, Cherry's attracted to the older, tougher Dallas, and in a sense she's caught in the violent space between the Greasers and the Socs. While the Socs appear to have everything, the only thing a Greaser has is his friends. As these young people try to find themselves and each other, as the sadness of sophistication begins to reach them and their battles and relationships reach a resolution, Ponyboy's dying friend, Johnny, sends him a last message … I've been thinking about the poem that guy wrote. He meant you're gold when you're a kid, like green. When you're a kid everything's new, dawn. It's just when you get used to everything that it's day. Like the way you dig sunsets, Pony. That's gold. Keep it that way. It's a good way to be. 

This is a play about young people who are not yet hopeless about latent decency in the midst of struggle.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://hfiitheatre.ludus.com. Tickets purchased in advance are NOT eligible for a discount.

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