The plot centers on the events surrounding the forced termination of childhood by the United States government in the 1980s.
Kindergarten (1989) was first published in 1989 as a serial in The Washington Post and later adapted as a novel. It was adapted as a 1989 television movie in the United States on ABC. It was also adapted as a play by the American Repertory Theatre in 2003. In 2014, it was adapted into a play in the Netherlands, by the Dutch playwright Dave Van de Veire. The 2017 novel by Meg Wolitzer and directed by Anthony Page is based on the television series. It is about a young girl whose mother was the lead actress in the film adaptation of the novel.
The novel is set in the United States during the 1980s. The story begins with 14-year-old Jodi Foster, the daughter of childhood television star Aileen Mellon, as she is preparing for her upcoming audition for the lead role of Alice in a film version of Alice in Wonderland. Her mother, Aileen, is cast in a low-budget project, the film version of a television series called "Kindergarten (1989)", which is shown as a form of re-education and social control. Jodi fears that her mother may be cast in a role for which she is not qualified, and that her mother will be unable to stand the rigors of filming because of her fragile health.
At the end of a long and painful auditioning process, Jodi is cast as the lead role, Alice. When she arrives for rehearsals, she is immediately noticed by her co-star, Bradley Morris, who had also been auditioning for the role of the White Rabbit. Bradley's emotionally-troubled parents are searching for a way to help him, and his mother finds Jodi and her mother at the set where they share a cup of tea and a good conversation. They both offer to take Bradley home for the weekend, but they cannot offer any real help.
Jodi quickly discovers that her mother was not a trained actress at all, but instead was cast in the role of Jodi's grandmother in Kindergarten (1989) because the producers did not know what else to do with her. Jodi's father, Matthew, had been made to act out a role of "imaginary" boyfriend to his daughter. Their character's relationship is fraught with obvious problems and one of the many problems is that 0b46394aab