I am teaching theatre at a school that has had teachers in and out - a revolving door, staying 2 years at most, for the last decade. I'm in my second year at this school, and it has been a challenge to try and build the program- made even more difficult with Covid, obviously.
Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Thanks so much,Tam Friend
I would like to invest in a small classroom library of resources: plays, monologues, poetry - any quality prose, really - to be used for lessons in the classroom as well as material for competition pieces.
Have any of you purchased from Alibris? If so, is it a reputable site? Do you have suggestions of other companies - affordable - I might purchase from, outside of buying individual scripts from various play publishing companies? (I know there's always Amazon.)Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Here a few suggestions based on what's been successful for my classes.
If you are okay with some brief strong language, Bellwether by Steve Yockey. My Advanced Drama class worked on scenes a few years ago and it was uniformly the best acting I've seen from a class project. The students loved the play and loved the challenge of it. We also performed this last year for our competition one act.
The Christians by Lucas Hnath. Great for scene work and character work! Deals with the concept of Hell in Christianity, but in a way that is accessible to anyone, and it does not choose a side. One student said of it, "I'm an atheist, but it's my favorite play we've done." It consists of two person scenes.
Brothers' Grimm Spectacularthon by Don Zolidis (or really, any of his comedies). They're popular for a reason.
Women of Lockerbie. A beautiful play about grief and forgiveness. It is structured like a Greek tragedy, so you could pair it with Oedipus or Antigone. And throw in Greek Mythology Olympiaganza by Zolidis for a palate refresher at the end of the unit.
For short play collections, All in the Timing by David Ives and Shel's Shorts by Shel Silverstien. Both have some language that may be a concern.