The Mascot is a hilarious coming-of-age story about an obsessive father, a starry-eyed son, and the drama that ensues when a father’s pursuit of his unfulfilled aspirations torpedo the dream of his son. Knute is an acquiescent teenager who has been accepted into the theatre program at the arch-nemesis of his father Darby’s revered university. Darby proposes a deal: If Knute stays and becomes the school’s celebrated leprechaun mascot he will receive a substantial payoff when he graduates. Knute complies, but first negotiates an escape clause where he can transfer to his dream university in southern California if he finishes second or third.
For Knute, defeating the dozens of competitors would be easy. But placing third is hard. Staying there is even harder, thanks to Darby and Knute’s roommate Dooley, a leprechaun extremist hell-bent on becoming the mascot himself. Knute’s sole salvation is Dia, a goth coed who lives in the convent off-campus and knows a thing or two about dealing with mascot-wannabes. The play’s unconventional and unforgettable characters will quickly prove if there’s one thing they can win at… it’s losing. The play is recommended for mature audiences.