The story of a teenage girl who has an incurable case of head lice while her mother is dying of cancer.
Being a teenager is hard enough, but add to the mix a persistent case of head-lice, raging hormones, and a terminally ill mother, and it becomes impossible. When fifteen-year-old Anna is told that her mother is dying of cancer, she responds in the only way she knows how—by ignoring the issue. Friends and family are unable to understand her reaction and Anna is increasingly frustrated by their attempts to help her, escalated of course by her persistent itching. Told by Anna with assistance from her best friend, father, aunt, and her dying mother, Scratch is a fresh, funny, and realistic play about the urgency of life and the need to live it to the fullest extent.