No Child..., the Acclaimed Solo Show by Nilaja Sun
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Playwright Victoria Stewart was inspired by two very different figures -- CNBC personality Suze Orman and Victorian novelist Henry James -- when writing her latest, most probing play, Rich Girl. For despite their differences, both Orman and James share an obsession with money and Rich Girl explores that peculiarly American fascination with startling sensitivity and imagination. When the sheltered Claudine meets the penniless Henry, the two fall helplessly in love. But for Claudine's mother, a tough-talking celebrity finance guru, this happiest of happy coincidences is a cause for suspicion and worry. Inspired by the classic play and film The Heiress, this clever new comedy examines women and their relationships with men, mothers and moolah -- if not in exactly that order. Courtney O'Connor directs the show at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Learn More
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Quotes & Highlights
- “Marvelous! Touching and funny.” -New York Times
- “Astounding! Sun brings us not her world but the world. An object lesson in what should not be missing from any life curriculum: hope.” -New Yorker
- See an excerpt from <em>No Child...</em> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR5v4xUE2Tw">here</a>.
- <em>No Child...</em>'s previous run at Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre was <a target="_blank" href="https://www.goldstar.com/events/chicago-il/-no-child.html">greeted enthusiastically</a> by Goldstar's members.<em> </em>
written & performed by Nilaja Sun
directed by Hal Brooks
No Child... is a distillation of Nilaja Sun’s nine years’ experience as a teaching artist in the New York public schools. It follows her as she attempts to mount a production of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play Our Country’s Good at a Bronx high school. Nilaja plays not only herself, but all the other characters in the story – her students and fellow teachers, parents and janitors, and even the security guard who mans the metal detector at the school gates.
Nilaja Sun worked as a teaching artist at a high school in the Bronx, where every day the students face huge challenges in simply coming to school. She directed them in a play, and their trials and triumphs form the basis of No Child... In a performance reminiscent of The Syringa Tree, Nilaja herself takes all the parts, transforming into the students, teachers, parents, administrators, janitors and security guards who inhabit our public schools and shape the future of America.
An award-winning hit in New York, No Child... is a virtuosic performance, joyous and heart-wrenching. In Nilaja’s words, “I created this piece to be a snapshot from the trenches, something entertaining and provocative that’ll get people talking about the state of our public schools.”