Title Profile & Character Information

Breakout

Annotation
'Los Angeles City of tanned shoulders Smog-spewing, pay-per-viewing, sit-com maker for the world ?
Dels put in 17 years there, bouncing among foster homes. Smart, sharp-tongued, a master mimic, shes fed up with her world and with being Del. So shes faked her own death and is leaving both herself and L.A. behind'until her escape lands her in an all-day traffic jam.
Fast-forward eight years. Its opening night for the one-woman play shes written and is starring in'a show called Breakout, about a Los Angeles traffic jam. Wildly funny, she seems to be skewering workaholics, road ragers, pickup artists, and car culture in general. But readers will see what her audience can't'that the show is a portrait of herself, of her hunger for her mother and her terror of rejection, her free-floating identity and yearning for connection.
Flashing between Dels present and future, Breakout gives us a backstage pass into a young playwrights psyche, letting us watch her life being transformed into a art, heartache into comedy, solitude into community, and anger gradually giving way to acceptance.



Characters
NameDel
GendersFemale
 Female
TraitsRunaway
Foster child
Runaway
Foster child

NameFranco, Elena
GendersFemale
 Female
OccupationsPlaywright
 Performance artist
 Playwright
 Performance artist
TraitsSuccessful
Successful

GenreFiction
Coming of age
Psychological
TopicsTeenage girls
Foster children
Runaways
Search for a better life
Social isolation
Personal growth
Self-acceptance
Epiphanies
Teenage girls
Foster children
Runaways
Search for a better life
Social isolation
Personal growth
Self-acceptance
Epiphanies
SettingLos Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California
Santa Monica Freeway
Santa Monica Freeway