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In ‘Punk Rock,’ examining violence at Zeitgeist Stage Company

From left: Phil Gillen, Emily White, and Alex Levy of Zeitgeist Stage Company’s “Punk Rock.”
From left: Phil Gillen, Emily White, and Alex Levy of Zeitgeist Stage Company’s “Punk Rock.”

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When David J. Miller put “Punk Rock” on Zeitgeist Stage Company’s schedule for this season, he didn’t know just how up-to-the-moment it would become. Often, that sort of confluence is what theaters hope for. Not so much with “Punk Rock.”

“It’s weirdly resonant, in a way that I wish it wasn’t,” Miller says. “But it is.”

Simon Stephens’s play, which begins performances Friday at the Boston Center for the Arts, begins as a character study of a handful of British secondary-school students preparing for their pre-college exams. As the banter and romance and bullying escalate, one teenage boy commits an act of violence that, perhaps, is no longer as shocking as it once would have been.

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