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If you could only teach one play ...

  • 1.  If you could only teach one play ...

    Posted 11-26-2018 08:42
    If you only could teach one play to your students, which one would you choose? Why would you choose that play?

    David Tate Hastings
    Olathe South High School
    Thespian Troupe #5006
    Kansas Thespians
    Treasurer & Membership Chair

  • 2.  RE: If you could only teach one play ...

    Posted 11-26-2018 12:34
    I would teach The Glass Menagerie.  It has nearly everything you could ask for on both the performance and technical side.

    1) Clear conflict on multiple levels
    2) Strong characters
    3) Dialects

    1) Clear environment but style of the play leaves it open how you interpret the show visually
    2) Sound possibilities (live or canned or both)
    3) Period costumes or use of period elements with modern elements like the last Broadway production.


    1) Beautiful language
    2) Period issues to research for students
    3) Comparing and contrasting to modern society, etc

    Joel King
    Atlanta GA

  • 3.  RE: If you could only teach one play ...

    Posted 11-26-2018 14:20
    I love this question!

    Every year I looked forward to teaching The Importance of Being Earnest for many of the reasons listed in the above response. The students would eventually come around to the snarky humor of Algernon (they were reluctant about humor that forces them to think.) I always incorporated the play into dramaturgy and design lessons as well. It allowed students to explore not just the time period, but the difference between country and city life during that time as well. I would also talk about Oscar Wilde's life and his legal issues, which would always bring up lively discussions about how far, or not, we have come as a society.

    The script allowed for many avenues of exploration and led to very creative designs based on research and character development. We would sometimes outline what a play that made social commentary about current society would look like today.

    Scott Wilson
    Fine Arts Consultant
    Ohio Department of Education
    Columbus OH