The Peekskill High School Drama Club will be staging a production of “No Child…” a title that references the No Child Left Behind legislation. Read below for more information from the school district on the performance:
The state of public education in America has been in the news a great deal lately, with the controversy over the new NYC School Chancellor pick, the movie “Waiting for Superman”, cuts in school funding and more. This weekend the Peekskill High School Drama Club will tackle the subject in their own way through a production of Nilaja Sun’s new play No Child . . .
Performances will be Friday & Saturday, December 3 &4 at 7:30 pm in the Peekskill High School Auditorium. Admission is $10 for Adults and $5 dollars for students. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Due to some of the mature subject matter, the play is intended for teens and adults only.
The play takes place in the struggling Malcolm X High School in the Bronx where a teaching artist has come to mount a play with a rather troubled class as actors. The title references the controversial “No Child Left Behind” education legislation. Peekskill High’s new drama coach, Katie Schmidt Feder, chose the play because the characters will be familiar to the audience. PHS Senior Robinson Vasquez, who plays Mr. Johnson, a teacher, says the play has “strong content, something that the school and the community need to see because it shows the real world.” Another cast member said simply: “It’s Real.”
The students learned even more about their characters and the creation of the play when the playwright Nilaya sun visited on Tuesday. Ms. Sun has won multiple awards for the show, including a 2007 Obie Award for Distinguished Performance, the 2007 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New American Play, and the 2007 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Award for Best Solo Show. She has continued to tour the show all over the world, most recently in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was happy to come support one of the first High School casts to perform the show.
No Child… doesn’t only focus on the somber, frustrating realities of a struggling school. The cast also finds the humor, life and love in their characters in the fast-paced, 90-minute play, which will provide a chance for the audience to relate, reflect, laugh and as one character says “learn a little somethin.”
Photo courtesy of Peekskill school district.