TEACH

Ten years ago, Ken and Chris were teacher and student. Now, they are principal and teacher, and a suspiciously high grade gives Ken license to grill Chris until the young teacher is forced to confront both past and present--and audiences are forced to confront their own biases.

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TEACH

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  • Emily Hageman:
    23 May. 2018
    This is an absolutely remarkable show. In "Teach," everything is blurry. Gender is blurry, power is blurry, the truth is blurry. Nothing is exactly what it seems and everything can be interpreted one way or another. The truth becomes something impossible to pin down--and Hoke does a magnificent job of showing how NOTHING is simple. As an educator myself, the idea that you lose your humanity when you take on the role of teacher hit hard--and what are we really trying to do as teachers? Assign intelligence or build people? And how do you build someone? Powerful play. Highly recommended.
  • Arthur M Jolly:
    13 Apr. 2018
    I saw the Wordsmyth reading in Houston - and I strongly recommend that any theatre - or university - looking for a nuanced, emotionally engaging, theatrically daring and utterly original take on student/mentor relationships look at this one. The multiple gendered portrayal of the teacher and the student is no mere gimmick - it is an astounding theatrical leap. This is a play written without pronouns - a technical feat of playwriting used to great effect, and one that will open a whole new conversation with your audience,
  • William Duell:
    10 Apr. 2018
    Just saw Wordsmyth Theater's reading of TEACH in Houston. This drama plays with the inequity of power in pedagogy in a way I've never seen and in so doing upends our understanding of what we think it means to be male or female. How? Chris is a teacher, but we meet Male Chris and Female Chris; Emerson is a student, but we see Male Emerson and Female Emerson. Each male/female character is emotionally consonant. But the teacher/student interaction fluctuates according to the pairing of the 4 actors. See this play - it will fascinate, entertain and teach you.

Development History

  • Reading
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    5th Wall Productions
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
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    Writers Theatre New Jersey
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
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    Wordsmyth Theater Company
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
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    T. Schreiber Studios
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Road Less Traveled Productions
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    2017
  • Workshop
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    Residency--Road Less Traveled Productions
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    2017

Awards

Semi-Finalist
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National Playwrights Conference
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Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
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2018
Current Finalist, Ashland New Play Festival
,
2018
Finalist
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Headwaters New Play Festival
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Creede Repertory Theatre
,
2018
Current Finalist
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T. Schreiber New Works Intiative
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2018