It is no secret that the passions of The Write Teacher are thus: literacy, education, writing, and theater. The Young American Writers Project combines ALL FOUR OF OUR PASSIONS. It is a truly remarkable program that is run by Executive Director Emma Walton Hamilton and Program Director Will Chandler at the Stony Brook Southampton Campus. Teaching artists from the MFA program go to ten schools on the East End of Long Island, and work with students for ten weeks, teaching them how to write a play. At the end of the ten week period, a committee selects one play to be produced in a festival at the Avram Theater, (which the theater at Stony Brook Southampton).
This festival is taking place December 10, at 7p.m. For those of you in the area, I highly suggest you attend! (FREE ADMISSION).
The last play of this series is unbelievably moving. It is called Controversy. It centers around two boys, Matt and Will, and their fight to keep the arts budget in their school, specifically that of the theater program. They address the Board of Education at their school, trying to get them to think outside preconceived notions and closed-minded perspectives. The students point out that you are more apt to remember your lead role as Harold Hill in The Music Man than the Civil War facts, or algebra formulas, that people don’t go to Italy to stay in a hotel room, but they go to see the statue of the David, they go to marvel at the Sistine Chapel. They remind us that art is what drives life.
Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. ~ Steve Jobs
It is moving, it is powerful, and it says so much about what is going on in this country right now. It has passion, it has heart, it has a startling amount of wisdom…and it is written by a high school senior, one who I am privileged to know.
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