GROUP S.O.S. consists of two similar plays, which run about an hour each. The plays are male and female explorations of an adult therapy group (Survivors of Sexual Abuse) in which the characters meet, clash with, and eventually work to heal one another. The language and delicacy with which the subject matter is handled makes it accessible to high school and college students, a number of whom, statistically, have probably experienced some of the situations in the plays. Reading the two plays side by side reveals that they are essentially the same play structure but are different plays.
Originally, the play presented only the drama of a woman’s therapy group. But, after its first production at Hollywood High in California, it was apparent that something was missing: all the young men who had been molested. Men being open and vulnerable about themselves and their experiences can affect people a great deal. Although the plays are about an adult therapy group, the characters have been molested in their youth, which gives a distance that allows conversation with teen victims about their current experiences.