"Out of Control" Poetry Theater
A poem in eleven voices
“Out of Control” Poetry Theater

Adapted from the poem by Bruce Lansky in If Pigs Could Fly… And Other Deep Thoughts, published by Meadowbrook Press.


Summary: A remote control flips through several TV stations.


Presentation Suggestions: Have the students read or perform the poem in front of the class.


Props: A remote control would make a great prop. If this is not available, the poem can be performed without props.


Delivery: The lines of the poem need to be read with poetic rhythm. For more information on poetic rhythm and how to perform poetry in classroom, please read the Performing Poetry section under the Teacher’s Resources.



News Anchor 1

News Anchor 2

Actor 1

Actor 2

Salesperson 1

Actor 3

News Anchor 3

News Anchor 4


Salesperson 2




Out of Control


News Anchor 1:


“The president will come to town...”


News Anchor 2:


“The price of gas is coming down...”


Actor 1:


“I’ll love you till the end of time...”


Actor 2:


“But shooting ducks should be a crime...”


Salesperson 1:


“We’ve never had a better sale...”


Actor 3:


“We’ll have to break them out of jail...”


News Anchor 3:


“The Pope arrived to lead the prayers...”


News Anchor 4:


“The Dallas Cowboys beat the Bears...”




“The temperature is three below...”


Salesperson 2:


“These vitamins will help you grow...”




What’s going on? Well, bless my soul!

Baby’s got the remote control.


© 2000 by Bruce Lansky.  Adapted from the poem in If Pigs Could Fly... And Other Deep Thoughts published by Meadowbrook Press. This classroom theater play version of “Out of Control” is © 2008 by Meadowbrook Press.

Permission is given for individual school classes to perform this play and to make as many copies of the play as are needed for the students’ use. All other reproduction and performance is prohibited under penalty of law. For use of this play outside individual classes, please contact info@meadowbrookpress.com for permission.

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“If Pigs Could Fly… And Other Deep Thoughts”