Nation, a play for youth receiving its North American première from ASU Tempe’s MainStage, sounds not unlike The Blue Lagoon, but it’s based on the novel by Terry Pratchett (Discworld). That’s probably better, given Pratchett’s knighthood, 70 million books sold in three decades, etc. Mark Ravenhill (who also wrote the definitely-not-for-youth play Shopping and Fucking) adapted the script for Britain’s 2009 Royal National Theatre production.
Adolescents Daphne and Mau are the only humans on a South Pacific island after a tsunami destroys her ship and his village. Coming of age amid anarchy and tribulation, they apply self-determination to their leadership roles, building a society from the ground up. A 20-member ensemble, puppetry, drumming, and cutting-edge media design share the epic story through Sunday, April 13, at Galvin Playhouse, 51 East 10th Street. The show opens Friday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, $8 to $16, call 480-965-6447 or visit www.asuevents.asu.edu/nation.