Getting Ahead

by Meredith Yanchak

A glimpse into the all too real world of high school academics: Eddie is new to the ultra-competitive world of Northwood High School. While he struggles to catch up to his current classmates after moving across the country, privileged Riley can’t keep up with the expectations placed on her by her family. Meanwhile, Madison – an unexpected talent from a single parent home – is sailing to the top of her class. Riley finds a way to get – and stay ahead – by breaking the school’s academic honor code, and in so doing, takes down an unsuspecting Eddie. 

  • Cast Size: 7M, 10F, 6 any gender (doubling possible)
  • Running Time: Under and hour
  • Royalty Rate: $40 per performance

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About the Playwright

Meredith Yanchak attended Duquesne University (B.A. Theatre Arts) where she served as the president of the Duquesne University Red Masquers and participated in a myriad of productions as an actor, director, technician, and playwright.  She received her M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College (Go Lions.)
She has toured as an actor with CLIMB Theatre, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN and has worked in various roles with PrimeStage Theatre, Little Lake Theatre, The Summer Company, Temple Civic Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre’s Young Company, and Montclair State University’s TheatreFest. 
Her short plays have been produced or staged at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Future Ten Festival, JL Smith New Play Festival, and the Theatre Off the Square New Works Contest, as well as the various schools at which she has served as a high school theatre director.
If you ask around, you’ll also discover that she loves improvisational comedy, Converse sneakers, ridiculous earrings, cats, Pittsburgh, the original Star Wars trilogy, artichokes, Mel Brooks movies, pumpkin cheesecake, traveling with her husband, and making long lists of seemingly unrelated things while writing in the third person.
She also dislikes bananas.


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