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Every real-life teacher has experienced some version of it, including me. Share this:. We've seen this story before, but it bears repeating: making art can redeem the world—and the artist.

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In moments of educational malaise or more active crises as we saw in the New Orleans public schools after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita we authorize police to enter schools to maintain the peace, and as a result disciplinary measures which are ordinarily handled by school administrators, such as truancy and minor fights among students, become prosecutable crimes. This security equipment appears to be the most expensive and new technology in a school where little else seems new or technologically advanced. Over the 80 minutes we spend with her and her vividly realized characters, we stop seeing them as "overwhelmed teachers" or "troubled students" and get to know them more simply: Miss Tam, Shondrika, Chris, Jerome. The play is based on Sun's 15 years of experience as a New York City public school teaching artist—a professional artist who teaches temporary, intensive courses in arts-deprived schools. And by teaching her students that line, she has taught them - and us - its truth. In the play Ms. Sun's dynamism as a performer is apparent in her ability to portray every character—from fiery teenagers to blue-collar workers—as convincingly as the one that's based on her own life. When young people do not learn in school that they have viable prospects for a fulfilling and economically sustainable life, they often turn to crime as a way to make easy money or attain their goals of self-sufficiency and luxury. That reflection is underscored by the play Miss Sun chooses to enact with her students. Sun in Scene Three in the beginning of the play. No Child accurately illustrates students, teachers and communities imprisoned by a corrupted public school system. And though the cast is very strong—Kirsten Chan is particularly winning as the visiting teacher—the material sags.

After her first day on the job, Miss Sun berates herself for choosing a play where these kids will play prisoners - but then realizes it makes perfect sense, because they are imprisoned by a system that is failing them and by their own low expectations of ever escaping it.

But it is saved, gloriously, by Sun's virtuosic performance, by her deep empathy, and by her intelligent, clear-eyed, and sometimes painfully funny take on the absurdly dysfunctional state of public education. The readers are introduced to Ms.

In moments of educational malaise or more active crises as we saw in the New Orleans public schools after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita we authorize police to enter schools to maintain the peace, and as a result disciplinary measures which are ordinarily handled by school administrators, such as truancy and minor fights among students, become prosecutable crimes.

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As the students in the classroom begin to relate to the script, they list the many ways in which they feel like they are treated like prisoners in their daily lives.

You don't know unless you've been in the schools on a day-to-day basis. Louise Kennedy can be reached at kennedy globe. Sun's characters are quickly drawn, perfect for a solo performer making a quick changes, but they lack depth.

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The overlapping structure—a play within a play within a play—is one way that Sun asks us to consider the impact of art on our lives, the relationship between fiction and reality. We've seen this story before, but it bears repeating: making art can redeem the world—and the artist. In this award-winning off-Broadway hit, making its New England debut at the American Repertory Theatre, Sun creates 16 distinctive characters - students, teachers, administrators, and a visiting "teaching artist" very much like herself - and through them tells a familiar but powerful story. During her residency, Sun will be working on a new play, "Pike Street. By reminding us of the actual children who are, for all the rhetoric, getting left behind, "No Child. Share this:. Sun is teaching a play, "Our Country's Good," that is about Australian convicts who are staging a play while behind bars. Louise Kennedy can be reached at kennedy globe. In the play, Sun plays a version of herself—a teaching artist named Ms. Over the 80 minutes we spend with her and her vividly realized characters, we stop seeing them as "overwhelmed teachers" or "troubled students" and get to know them more simply: Miss Tam, Shondrika, Chris, Jerome. And by teaching her students that line, she has taught them - and us - its truth. She also encouraged the kids to invite their family and friends to the performance. The play is based on Sun's 15 years of experience as a New York City public school teaching artist—a professional artist who teaches temporary, intensive courses in arts-deprived schools. But it is saved, gloriously, by Sun's virtuosic performance, by her deep empathy, and by her intelligent, clear-eyed, and sometimes painfully funny take on the absurdly dysfunctional state of public education. Sun's show started as a solo work, performed by the playwright herself, and it must have been a real thrill to see her jump from one character to another over the course of the show.
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