New Zealand premiere
By Joe Zarrow
Directed by Sheila Summers
Sunday 17th April
12 Spring Street
1:30pm - 4:00pm
The play is set in the staff room of a Chicago High School. Standard American accents are required. The aim is to create a multi-cultural cast, Shelley and Ola should be African-American or similar, Mrs Banerjee should be of Indian or East Asian extraction (in which case her name would be changed to Mrs Wei). This play is thought provoking, passionate and wickedly funny. Good comic timing is essential.
Armed with dreams of changing the world, along with an accelerated certification programme for ‘career changers’, Kay quits her corporate job to teach English in a Chicago public high school. On her first day in the English Lit office, she finds the copy machine, the system and the spirit of her fellow teachers are all broken. Or are they? A dark comedy of academic intrigue that takes a peek at the politics behind the closed door of the teachers’ lounge.
25 – 35 Caucasian.
First year English teacher. Looks smart and harmless. She is eager to learn, to fit in and to succeed by following the rules.
55 – 65. Caucasian.
Veteran English teacher. Proud of her skill as a teacher, witty, ready for retirement but still energetic.
35 – 45 African-American or similar.
The new Head of the English Department. Nervous, diplomatic, a peace-maker.
25 - 35 African-American or similar.
Experienced and successful English teacher. Acerbic, flirty, slightly manic. A fighter. Very popular with her pupils.
Mrs Banerjee / Mrs Wie
35 – 45 Indian-American or East Asian.
The principal of the high school, driven, businesslike, a good public speaker.
Recorded voice of School Secretary has already been cast for technical reasons.
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Commence Thursday 28 April 2016
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