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Unbecoming Stephanie by Lauren Hoffman Cochran


ISBN #1-933159-16-2
JAC #2005-0012



  • STEPHANIE CHARBONNIER: A 15-year-old, sophomore in high school at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School in Derry, NH. She is attractive, quiet and intelligent. She has long dark hair, dark eyes and pale skin.

  • CLAIRE CHARBONNIER: Stephanie’s younger sister. Claire is 13. The girls are somewhat close to each other but are at that constantly fighting, hating age with each other.

  • BECKY DAVIS: Stephanie’s best friend. Becky is also15 and is not as shy as Stephanie. They have known each other for the past three years, since eighth grade.

  • MRS. ANN CHARBONNIER: Stephanie’s mother. She is a single mother, working hard to keep her two daughters clothed and fed. Her ex-husband walked out on her when Stephanie was 9 and Claire was 4. She is not available often to talk to her children. She is an LPN at a local hospital.

  • MR. STEINER: A teacher at Roosevelt High School.

  • DR. BLACK: A doctor at the local clinic

  • DR. SANDY STEVENS: A psychiatrist at McLean Hospital in Derry, NH.

  • TODD RUDIE: A 16-year-old boy at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School.

  • ADAM HERNANDEZ: A 16-year-old boy at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School.

  • MS. ALLEN: The school nurse

  • CUTTERS 1- 6

With the exception of Stephanie, the ensemble cast can double up on parts between six players.


Stephanie Charbonnaire is an attractive, successful high school student who seems to handle the ups and downs of teenage angst with relative ease. Or does she? Stephanie has kept a dark secret from her friends and family. But one day Stephanie goes too far. Her private coping mechanism is discovered and Stephanie's tangled web of lies unravel. The world of cutting* is explored in this thought provoking theater piece that is guaranteed to open the doors of discussion for high school students.


AUTHOR’S NOTE: The play in its entirety should not exceed forty minutes. This is an educational theater piece and a discussion following the piece is as important as the play itself.

The play takes place on a relatively bare stage. Boxes or benches or chairs may be used for the only set pieces. A desk for Dr. Steven’s area is optional. Black wooden boxes to create the different settings are strongly recommended.  The actors, when not in a scene, sit on the sidelines in the rows of chairs or on boxes. Lighting should be sparse, on the scene that is taking place only.

*ATTN: Teachers

Playwright Biography
Lauren Hoffman Cochran holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Cambridge College and a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. As a full time teacher for the Massachusetts public school system, Ms. Cochran works with high school students in all aspects of the performing arts. For the past 25 years, Ms. Cochran has also worked extensively in both professional and community theater, as director, actress and playwright. Prior works that have been produced include Apples and Oranges (a musical play about community theater), The Wedding Party (Haley Productions, Inc.) and Foreplay. Cochran first learned about teenagers and cutting during her early tenure at a public high school when a few "cutters" shared their experiences with her. As a result, Ms. Cochran dedicated her Masters' Thesis to the subject. Unbecoming Stephanie was created as an educational vehicle to help open up communication on this serious subject for students, parents, counselors, and teachers. Only when communication is open, can true healing begin.

Unbecoming Stephanie by Lauren Hoffman Cochran

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