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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  • Stephanie Alison Walker:
    22 Sep. 2017
    Teach is an utterly fascinating and fresh take on teacher-student sexual harassment and power dynamics in the classroom and the world of academia. Hoke kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the play and I found my opinion on the characters and situation shifting again and again. The gender fluid construct of the play is a stroke of genius and something I'm now dying to see on stage.
  • Christopher LaBanca:
    20 Aug. 2017
    There are playwrights who write for actors, some who write for directors or designers, some who write for audiences, some who write for issues, on and on and on. Donna Hoke has this incredible talent for writing for EVERYONE. She writes characters that actors crave to play, she writes plays into which directors cannot wait to sink their teeth, and she writes about the kinds of things that audiences desperately want to witness and talk about and remember after leaving the theater. And she continues to do all of that with TEACH.
  • Matthew Weaver:
    15 Feb. 2017
    I keep thinking of TEACH as a Rubik's Cube. Hoke picks up a compelling social issue and examines it from every angle, even taking it apart and showing us what's inside. Gender-fluid casting compels audience members to determine whether there's a scenario in which a teacher-student flirtation is more understandable and even acceptable. In the end, everyone is a little bit guilty (some more than others), which is infinitely more interesting and realistic. Hoke never goes for the easy answers, leaving us to our own uneasy conclusions.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    5th Wall Productions
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
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    Writers Theatre New Jersey
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
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    Road Less Traveled Productions
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
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    Residency--Road Less Traveled Productions
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    2017

Awards

Semi-Finalist
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Current/National Playwrights Conference
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Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
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2018