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The 5th New Jersey One-Minute Play Festival

Apr 27, 2015


Luna Stage
555 Valley Rd.
West Orange, NJ
Two Performances Only:
Sunday, May 3rd & Monday, May 4th, 2015
Both performances at 8:00 PM
Tickets are $20

Teachers are first-responders. They must accomplish so much with everything in their way. The State and even the school administration have a lot of soul searching to do concerning the onslaught of standardized tests. I received a letter from the superintendent that our principal was suspended and will subsequently retire. I had to conduct my own google search to find out WHY. The NJ State Department of Education has been conducting investigations on administrative misconduct concerning the NJ ASK standardized test in New Jersey schools for several years and finally concluded wrong-doing and consequential suspensions of staff. Because my child is young and we were new to the school system I had no idea any of this was happening. It took me finding a NJ.com article published a few days prior to that home letter to learn about it. No parent wants to hear that their principal may have done some wrong-doing. On the flip side, I wish the principal wrote an article on NJ.com declaring why she felt it necessary to take such drastic measures- maybe she wanted to protect the school, her staff, the students, maybe it was a form of protest, maybe she thinks these tests are unfair? As I do in much of my work, I process my personal experience through works of art. Thus my contribution to the piece #1MPF is "Don't NJ ASK, Don't NJ Tell."

The One-­Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) America's largest and longest running short form theatre company in the country, founded by Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D'Andrea. #1MPF is barometer project, which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue and consensus building sessions and a performance of many moments. #1MPF works in partnership with theatres sharing playwright or community-specific missions across the country. #1MPF creates locally sourced playwright-focused community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion by representing local cultures of playwrights of different age, gender, race, cultures, and points of career. The work attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice.

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