TEACH

Winner, Gulfshore New Works
Winner, Guilford Technical Community College Center New Work Initiative Playwriting Contest
Winner, Athena Plays in Progress
Finalist, Ashland New Play Festival
Semi-Finalist, O'Neill National Playwrights Conference

Five actors, three characters, one story: Ten years ago, Ken and Chris were teacher and student. Now, they are principal...
Winner, Gulfshore New Works
Winner, Guilford Technical Community College Center New Work Initiative Playwriting Contest
Winner, Athena Plays in Progress
Finalist, Ashland New Play Festival
Semi-Finalist, O'Neill National Playwrights Conference

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. Though its production requirements are simple, TEACH is anything but.

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TEACH

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  • sheila duane:
    6 Jan. 2020
    This is an incredibly compelling, interesting play that asks a lot of questions. Some people look to theater for answers... this play offers few answers but highlights questions about desire and ethics in high school classrooms. It also visits the issue of power structures in the workplace and sexual attraction. After reading it the first time, I was angry at Ken for his manipulation and his abuse of his the power of his office; but after reading it the second time, I began to believe that the characters' shifting gender identities tell another story.
  • Greg Burdick:
    4 Sep. 2019
    As an educator, I appreciated the remarkable tension Donna Hoke builds into each scene of TEACH. There is much to unpack for teachers, administrators, and even guidance counselors here... but particularly for students, and the adults they ultimately become. Hoke’s usage of gender fluidity allows us to see this story from a multifaceted perspective, delineating all the scenarios for power dynamics in cases of teacher misconduct. The effect is eerily powerful, as male and female performers must alternate inhabitation of a teacher and student. Produce this play, and spark an important conversation about sexual harassment and abuse.
  • Aleks Merilo:
    30 Aug. 2019
    Riveting, disquieting, even dangerous. Hoke has created a timelessly rich conflict about how The battle between head and heart plays out. Watching the tension slowly boil to the surface is truly cathartic, especially when it is written with such genuine authenticity. A clever casting choice allows us to, in a sense, watch a character come of age twice at two different points in her life - A structural choice I have never seen before. I would love to be a fly on the wall when the audience debates at the end of the show.

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
    ,
    5th Wall Productions
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Writers Theatre New Jersey
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Wordsmyth Theater Company
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    T. Schreiber Studios
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    The Road Theatre Company, Summerplay Festival 9
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Zoetic Stage
    ,
    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
  • University
    ,
    Guilford Technical Community College Center
    ,
    2019

Awards

Winner
,
Winner
,
Athena Plays in Progress
,
2019
Winner
,
Guilford Technical Community College Center New Work Initiative Playwriting Contest
,
Guilford Technical Community College Center for Creative and Performing Arts
,
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
Finalist
,
Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival
,
2018