TEACH

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...
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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  • Jeffrey Binder:
    14 Nov. 2018
    Fascinating and complex relationship and gender dynamics are explored through the unfolding drama between principal, teacher, and high school student. Using the premise of a principal interviewing a teacher (and former love-interest) about the possibility of engaging in an underage affair, Hoke masterfully challenges us to explore our own biases and assumptions about identity, gender, power, love, truth, and lies, as she weaves together a surprising narrative with a fascinating twist. Wonderful writing and a uniquely thought-provoking evening at the theatre. Our audience loved it.
  • Philip Middleton Williams:
    5 Nov. 2018
    What you think you see and hear isn't always what's real, and this play shows in exquisite detail how the dynamics of relationships between teacher and student and teacher and principal can be just as fluid as the identities we think we see. Donna Hoke has crafted this story in such a way that while the characters are very real, the perceptions may not be at all what the audience expects. It was stunning in a reading, so a production is a must-see.
  • Jennifer Maisel:
    12 Oct. 2018
    Donna Hoke tackles the subject of professional and personal boundaries in a unique theatrical way that opens our eyes to the gender dynamics at play in every relationship. What an exciting challenge for actors and directors to take this on -- a production that will engender much discussion for days to come.

Development History

  • 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
  • Reading
    ,
    5th Wall Productions
    ,
    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