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
Two-time semifinalist, O'Neill National Playwrights Conference

Five actors, three characters, one story: Ten years ago, Ken and Chris were teacher and student. Now, they are...
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
Two-time semifinalist, 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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  • Nick Malakhow:
    20 Apr. 2020
    I was thoroughly engrossed in this intricately written piece! I loved how not only was the scenario itself was rich enough fodder for a compelling story, but Hoke also pushes the audience to constantly question and reframe how they'd feel about the situation given a rotating smorgasbord of gendered interactions. I also appreciated how the dialogue's flexibility and gender neutrality was so nuanced. The code-switching individual actors would have the opportunity to do while relating to various scene-partner-permutations would be a delightful challenge and also an excellent opportunity for bold conversation starting about gender, power, relationships, and propriety.
  • Keyanna Alexander:
    19 Apr. 2020
    Great show to have your audience question gender biases.
  • Rowen Haigh:
    19 Apr. 2020
    I keep trying to organize my feelings about TEACH and I love that I can't. It's poignant and tender...and creepy and awkward. Hoke brings us into each character's mind and spinning moral compass without losing a narrative beat. This is a play of layers and ripples—an untangling of threads that tangle themselves again behind your back. Everyone is culpable AND innocent. We, the audience, may think we see the clear ethical line that the teachers and students alike cross, but Hoke writes each character with such honest compassion that we can also understand how they succumb to temptation.

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
    ,
    Women Playwrights International
    ,
    2021
  • 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
  • University
    ,
    Guilford Technical Community College Center
    ,
    2019

Awards

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