TEACH

Winner, Gulfshore New Works
Semi-Finalist, O'Neill National Playwrights Conference
Winner, Athena Plays in Progress
Finalist, Ashland New Play Festival

Five actors, three characters, one story: Ten years ago, Ken and Chris were teacher and student. Now, they are principal and teacher, and Emerson's suspiciously high grade gives Ken license to grill Chris until the...
Winner, Gulfshore New Works
Semi-Finalist, O'Neill National Playwrights Conference
Winner, Athena Plays in Progress
Finalist, Ashland New Play Festival

Five actors, three characters, one story: Ten years ago, Ken and Chris were teacher and student. Now, they are principal and teacher, and Emerson's suspiciously high grade gives Ken license to grill Chris until the young teacher is forced to confront both past and present. While most plays question the audience, TEACH's unique gender fluid construct exposes the biases that make audiences question themselves. Super simple to produce, TEACH is anything but simple.

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TEACH

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  • Joe O'Connor:
    23 Jan. 2019
    As a teacher in a modern high school I have wanted to tell people about the ideology, paranoia, stilted relationships I found there and how difficult it was actually teaching today's students in this environment. Now I don't have to, Donna Hoke's subtle mastery will tell you all you have to know about the optimism and the despair in our school system. She does it in a compelling and challenging way that takes a complicated situation and makes it real. There is more to say but the real answer is seeing Teach on stage.
  • Todd Fuller:
    22 Jan. 2019
    Donna's work is all great, but this one takes her to another level. The seamless gender fluidity between characters makes this he said/she said/he said/she said story a joy to read. A great opportunity for some younger talented actors in your community to shine. Now, to find a producer to let me at this wonderful piece of art.
  • Paul Donnelly:
    30 Dec. 2018
    TEACH offers a riveting examination of gender and power dynamics between a teacher and student as issues of attraction and nurturing, responsibility and manipulation come to the fore. Hoke's exploration of gender in having a male and female teacher figure and a male and female student figure interact in varied configurations is far, far more than a theatrical device, although it is also spectacularly effective as a device. The cautionary figure of the principal who never gets beyond manipulation and self-absorption provides a compelling foil and effectively represents systemic shortcomings. All in all, a work that demands to be staged.

Character Information

  • Ken James
    37-40,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    high school principal
  • Female Chris
    27,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    High school English teacher
  • Male Chris
    27,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    high school English teacher
  • Female Emerson
    17,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    high school student
  • Male Emerson
    17,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    high school student

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    T. Schreiber Studios
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    The Road Theatre Company, Summerplay Festival 9
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Zoetic Stage
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    5th Wall Productions
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Writers Theatre New Jersey
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Wordsmyth Theater Company
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
    ,
    Gulfshore New Works Festival
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Road Less Traveled Productions
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
    ,
    Residency--Road Less Traveled Productions
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Athena Plays in Progress
    ,
    2019

Awards

Winner
,
Winner
,
Athena Plays in Progress
,
2019
Semi-Finalist
,
National Playwrights Conference
,
Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
,
2018
Finalist, Ashland New Play Festival
,
2018
Finalist
,
Headwaters New Play Festival
,
Creede Repertory Theatre
,
2018
Finalist
,
T. Schreiber New Works Intiative
,
T. Schreiber Studio
,
2018
Winner
,
Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival
,
Gulfshore Playhouse
,
2018
Finalist
,
Local Lab
,
Local Theater Company
,
2018