The Suicide Club

Richard Hartmetz rhartmetz@hotmail.com 2440595832891

DRAMA YOUNG ADULT

1960s & '70s

Dr. Richard S. Hartmetz

Logline

When four boys, from vastly different backgrounds, wake up in a run-down, prison-like psychiatric facility, after separate suicide attempts, they struggle to adjust to life inside and each other, as their therapist attempts to discover what brought them to this point to begin with.

Genre

Drama,Young Adult

Short Summary

It’s often disorienting to wake up in a strange place, a different bed... Especially if you weren’t expecting to wake up at all… The last thing I remember, is closing my eyes, for what I thought would be the last time. This was a hospital! A goddam emergency room! I had screwed up again. Dammit!


They are thrown together as unlikely allies against the dictatorial administrator of the facility, and the cruel guards, dealing with depression, neglect, racism, sexual abuse, physical abuse, homophobia, loneliness, friendship, and life itself. Will they make it back to the outside world alive?

Setting

Any town in the Southern U.S. in 1961

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Sexual Abuse,Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Andy

Age: 15

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Obedient,Selfless,Underdog,Naive,Honorable,Educated,Empathetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Ace

Age: 15

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Engaging,Leader,Masculine,Blunt,Outspoken,Funny,Sarcastic,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Samuel

Age: 16

Gender: Lgbt

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Faithful,Gracious,Flexible,Honorable,Religious,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Brandon

Age: 14

Gender: Male

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Complex,Desperate,Insecure,Secretive

Development Pitch

When four boys, from vastly different backgrounds, wake up in a run-down, prison-like psychiatric facility, after separate suicide attempts, they struggle to adjust to life inside and each other, as their therapist attempts to discover what brought them to this point to begin with. Eventually, they are thrown together as unlikely allies against the dictatorial administrator of the facility, and the cruel guards, dealing with depression, neglect, racism, sexual abuse, physical abuse, homophobia, loneliness, friendship, and life itself. Will they all make it back to the outside world alive? This story deals with the very real scourge of teenage depression and suicide in the most realistic manner possible, peeking into the lives of four very different young men as they encounter life’s struggles and how to deal with them. It shows the terrible conditions that existed in early psychiatric facilities, but could take place anywhere, at any time, with anyone’s children.

About The Author

Richard Stephen Hartmetz was born in Rochester, NY on February 9, 1965. Richard has degrees in Computer Science, Special Education and Psychology, certification in Elementary Education, Mathematics, CPR, AED, and First Aid. He spent many years as a teacher in the Rochester City School District, the East Irondequoit Central School District, served as Educational Technology Coordinator at St. Margaret Mary School and computer teacher at the School of the Holy Childhood where he was known as “Mr. H.” During his teaching career, Richard was included in the “Who’s Who of American Teachers, was the recipient of the Catherine McAuley Award for Outstanding Dedication and Service to the Rochester Catholic Schools, was a four-time winner of the International ThinkQuest Competition, and was twice honored by the Monroe County Legislature, as well as the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He is now the CEO of Starry Night Publishing, Yellow House Outlet, GoldenFlix Video, and Flower City Books. Richard is also the author of 34 books, a certified Microsoft Technician, a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Design (ASCD) and the Civil War Preservation Trust, and an ordained minister. He is an avid photographer, videographer, gardener, numismatist, genealogist, chess player, Halloween fanatic, and collector of more than 2,000 snowmen, 400 Santas, 200 nutcrackers, 75 elves, 50 smokers, 100 antique beer steins, and multitudes of Christmas and Civil War memorabilia. Richard wrote his first story, entitled “The Dog Catcher is Coming,” when he was only six years old and has been writing since, as well as teaching several writing workshops. You may connect with Richard, Starry Night Publishing, Yellow House Outlet, and GoldenFlix Video on Facebook and at www.starrynightpublishing.com www.yellowhouseoutlet.com www.goldenflixvideo.com

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,13-17

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Hard Copy Available

No

WGA Number

Information not completed

Logline

When four boys, from vastly different backgrounds, wake up in a run-down, prison-like psychiatric facility, after separate suicide attempts, they struggle to adjust to life inside and each other, as their therapist attempts to discover what brought them to this point to begin with.

Short Summary

It’s often disorienting to wake up in a strange place, a different bed... Especially if you weren’t expecting to wake up at all… The last thing I remember, is closing my eyes, for what I thought would be the last time. This was a hospital! A goddam emergency room! I had screwed up again. Dammit!


They are thrown together as unlikely allies against the dictatorial administrator of the facility, and the cruel guards, dealing with depression, neglect, racism, sexual abuse, physical abuse, homophobia, loneliness, friendship, and life itself. Will they make it back to the outside world alive?

FEEDBACK

When four boys, from vastly different backgrounds, wake up in a run-down, prison-like psychiatric facility, after separate suicide attempts, they struggle to adjust to life inside and each other, as their therapist attempts to discover what brought them to this point to begin with. Eventually, they are thrown together as unlikely allies against the dictatorial administrator of the facility, and the cruel guards, dealing with depression, neglect, racism, sexual abuse, physical abuse, homophobia, loneliness, friendship, and life itself. Will they all make it back to the outside world alive? This story deals with the very real scourge of teenage depression and suicide in the most realistic manner possible, peeking into the lives of four very different young men as they encounter life’s struggles and how to deal with them. It shows the terrible conditions that existed in early psychiatric facilities, but could take place anywhere, at any time, with anyone’s children.

About The Author

Richard Stephen Hartmetz was born in Rochester, NY on February 9, 1965. Richard has degrees in Computer Science, Special Education and Psychology, certification in Elementary Education, Mathematics, CPR, AED, and First Aid. He spent many years as a teacher in the Rochester City School District, the East Irondequoit Central School District, served as Educational Technology Coordinator at St. Margaret Mary School and computer teacher at the School of the Holy Childhood where he was known as “Mr. H.” During his teaching career, Richard was included in the “Who’s Who of American Teachers, was the recipient of the Catherine McAuley Award for Outstanding Dedication and Service to the Rochester Catholic Schools, was a four-time winner of the International ThinkQuest Competition, and was twice honored by the Monroe County Legislature, as well as the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He is now the CEO of Starry Night Publishing, Yellow House Outlet, GoldenFlix Video, and Flower City Books. Richard is also the author of 34 books, a certified Microsoft Technician, a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Design (ASCD) and the Civil War Preservation Trust, and an ordained minister. He is an avid photographer, videographer, gardener, numismatist, genealogist, chess player, Halloween fanatic, and collector of more than 2,000 snowmen, 400 Santas, 200 nutcrackers, 75 elves, 50 smokers, 100 antique beer steins, and multitudes of Christmas and Civil War memorabilia. Richard wrote his first story, entitled “The Dog Catcher is Coming,” when he was only six years old and has been writing since, as well as teaching several writing workshops. You may connect with Richard, Starry Night Publishing, Yellow House Outlet, and GoldenFlix Video on Facebook and at www.starrynightpublishing.com www.yellowhouseoutlet.com www.goldenflixvideo.com

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Sexual Abuse,Substance Abuse

Characters

Main Character

Name: Andy

Age: 15

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Obedient,Selfless,Underdog,Naive,Honorable,Educated,Empathetic

Character 1

Name: Ace

Age: 15

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Engaging,Leader,Masculine,Blunt,Outspoken,Funny,Sarcastic,Unapologetic

Character 2

Name: Samuel

Age: 16

Gender: Lgbt

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Faithful,Gracious,Flexible,Honorable,Religious,Strong Moral Code

Character 3

Name: Brandon

Age: 14

Gender: Male

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Complex,Desperate,Insecure,Secretive