Tough poster image


May 02, 2017
Margot Connolly
Directed by: 
Alison Ruth
David Thayer Theatre
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 5:30pm
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 9:00pm


The troubled teen boot camp, Crosswinds, sells itself to parents as a behavior modification program that will help their daughters straighten out. The girls who have been sent here, however, learn it is a place of ever changing rules, harsh punishments, and ever-increasing desperation. When they hear a rumor that the program will be shut down if a camper dies, the girls plan their escape - by whatever means necessary.

This production contains adult language, violence, and the use of theatrical haze.


Cast Members for Tough
Role Name
Checa Holly Grum
Shan Mackenzie Elsbecker
Stef Rachel Bennett
Maddy Nicole Gabrione
Riley Amy Evans
Mina McKenna Goodman
Lorina Cristina Goyeneche

Artistic Team

Artistic Team for Tough
Title Name
Playwright Margot Connolly
Director Alison Ruth
Scenic Designer Skyler Matthias
Lighting & Sound Designer Christian Hahn
Fight Director Lukas Brasherfons
Stage Manager Nic Steffes
Assistant Stage Manager Alexis Hinman

Ticket Information

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