16 Aug Timely performance of No Child …, a play about inner-city schools
This might be the most timely theater performance of the year. On Sunday, Aug. 18, “Theatre in the X” debuts at Malcolm X. Park (51st and Pine) and the first performance is the off-broadway piece No Child ..., which gives a first-hand account of what it’s like to teach and learn in inner-city schools.
Originally performed as a one-woman show, the play is based on playwright and actress Nilaja Sun‘s experience teaching art in the New York public school system. The Theatre in the X version will feature a multi-general cast to play the teacher, students and school personnel who provide a glimpse into a school classroom.
The performance comes as the public school system Philadelphia is making national headlines for its financial difficulties.
Andre G. Brown will direct the play and Walter DeShields, LaNeshe L White and Carlo Campbell are the curators. The Leeway Corporation provided a grant for the performance.
The curtain opens at 6 p.m. and admission is free.
Theater in the X will continue the following Sunday, Aug. 25, with a production of Black Mass.