Schedule - Past

The Athenaeum Theatre : Studio One
Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, 24 August 2017 - 7:30 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Role of Jette
Victim of brutalities and atrocities. We experience her life, love, and triumph over the ongoing civil war of the Congo.

Written by Stephanie Liss
Original Musical Score by RebbeSoul
Directed by Elayne LeTraunik
Costuming by Shawn Quinlan

Rabbi: Jimmy Binns
Miriam: Melissa Nelson / Hillary Hensler
Amani: Ahmed T. Brooks / Deshawn Dixson
Cesar: Christopher McClellan

World premiere drama, SISTER AFRICA, focuses on the story of the women and children of the Congo, brutalized by the world's deadliest conflict since World War II, and the work of Jewish World Watch to help survivors rebuild their lives.

Based on the playwright's own experiences of traveling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo along with hundreds of hours of interviews - not only with the victims of rape and torture, but with child soldiers, the staff of Jewish World Watch (an activist organization dedicated to ending genocide and mass atrocities worldwide and to providing support and building resilience to those living in conflict-affected communities), and its co-founder and president, Janice Kamenir Reznik.

$17 Tickets on Goldstar!
https://www.goldstar.com/events/chicago-il/sister-africa-tickets
Presenters: Genesis Theatrical Productions; The Athenaeum Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
The Athenaeum Theatre : Studio One
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 20 August 2017 - 3:00 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Role of Jette
Victim of brutalities and atrocities. We experience her life, love, and triumph over the ongoing civil war of the Congo.

Written by Stephanie Liss
Original Musical Score by RebbeSoul
Directed by Elayne LeTraunik
Costuming by Shawn Quinlan

Rabbi: Jimmy Binns
Miriam: Melissa Nelson / Hillary Hensler
Amani: Ahmed T. Brooks / Deshawn Dixson
Cesar: Christopher McClellan

World premiere drama, SISTER AFRICA, focuses on the story of the women and children of the Congo, brutalized by the world's deadliest conflict since World War II, and the work of Jewish World Watch to help survivors rebuild their lives.

Based on the playwright's own experiences of traveling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo along with hundreds of hours of interviews - not only with the victims of rape and torture, but with child soldiers, the staff of Jewish World Watch (an activist organization dedicated to ending genocide and mass atrocities worldwide and to providing support and building resilience to those living in conflict-affected communities), and its co-founder and president, Janice Kamenir Reznik.

$17 Tickets on Goldstar!
https://www.goldstar.com/events/chicago-il/sister-africa-tickets
Presenters: Genesis Theatrical Productions; The Athenaeum Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
The Athenaeum Theatre : Studio One
Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, 19 August 2017 - 7:30 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Role of Jette
Victim of brutalities and atrocities. We experience her life, love, and triumph over the ongoing civil war of the Congo.

Written by Stephanie Liss
Original Musical Score by RebbeSoul
Directed by Elayne LeTraunik
Costuming by Shawn Quinlan

Rabbi: Jimmy Binns
Miriam: Melissa Nelson / Hillary Hensler
Amani: Ahmed T. Brooks / Deshawn Dixson
Cesar: Christopher McClellan

World premiere drama, SISTER AFRICA, focuses on the story of the women and children of the Congo, brutalized by the world's deadliest conflict since World War II, and the work of Jewish World Watch to help survivors rebuild their lives.

Based on the playwright's own experiences of traveling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo along with hundreds of hours of interviews - not only with the victims of rape and torture, but with child soldiers, the staff of Jewish World Watch (an activist organization dedicated to ending genocide and mass atrocities worldwide and to providing support and building resilience to those living in conflict-affected communities), and its co-founder and president, Janice Kamenir Reznik.

$17 Tickets on Goldstar!
https://www.goldstar.com/events/chicago-il/sister-africa-tickets
Presenters: Genesis Theatrical Productions; The Athenaeum Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
The Athenaeum Theatre : Studio One
Chicago, Illinois
Friday, 18 August 2017 - 7:30 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Role of Jette
Victim of brutalities and atrocities. We experience her life, love, and triumph over the ongoing civil war of the Congo.

Written by Stephanie Liss
Original Musical Score by RebbeSoul
Directed by Elayne LeTraunik
Costuming by Shawn Quinlan

Rabbi: Jimmy Binns
Miriam: Melissa Nelson / Hillary Hensler
Amani: Ahmed T. Brooks / Deshawn Dixson
Cesar: Christopher McClellan

World premiere drama, SISTER AFRICA, focuses on the story of the women and children of the Congo, brutalized by the world's deadliest conflict since World War II, and the work of Jewish World Watch to help survivors rebuild their lives.

Based on the playwright's own experiences of traveling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo along with hundreds of hours of interviews - not only with the victims of rape and torture, but with child soldiers, the staff of Jewish World Watch (an activist organization dedicated to ending genocide and mass atrocities worldwide and to providing support and building resilience to those living in conflict-affected communities), and its co-founder and president, Janice Kamenir Reznik.

$17 Tickets on Goldstar!
https://www.goldstar.com/events/chicago-il/sister-africa-tickets
Presenters: Genesis Theatrical Productions; The Athenaeum Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Union League Club of Chicago: The Crystal Room
Chicago, Illinois
Friday, 18 August 2017 - 5:30 PM
Presenter: Union League Club of Chicago
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Ensemble: ULCC Jazz Union
Conductor: Jim Gillespie
The Athenaeum Theatre : Studio One
Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, 17 August 2017 - 7:30 PM
Takesha Meshé Kizart appears in the Role of Jette
Victim of brutalities and atrocities. We experience her life, love, and triumph over the ongoing civil war of the Congo.

Written by Stephanie Liss
Original Musical Score by RebbeSoul
Directed by Elayne LeTraunik
Costuming by Shawn Quinlan

Rabbi: Jimmy Binns
Miriam: Melissa Nelson / Hillary Hensler
Amani: Ahmed T. Brooks / Deshawn Dixson
Cesar: Christopher McClellan

World premiere drama, SISTER AFRICA, focuses on the story of the women and children of the Congo, brutalized by the world's deadliest conflict since World War II, and the work of Jewish World Watch to help survivors rebuild their lives.

Based on the playwright's own experiences of traveling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo along with hundreds of hours of interviews - not only with the victims of rape and torture, but with child soldiers, the staff of Jewish World Watch (an activist organization dedicated to ending genocide and mass atrocities worldwide and to providing support and building resilience to those living in conflict-affected communities), and its co-founder and president, Janice Kamenir Reznik.

$17 Tickets on Goldstar!
https://www.goldstar.com/events/chicago-il/sister-africa-tickets
Presenters: Genesis Theatrical Productions; The Athenaeum Theatre
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
The DuSable Museum of African American History
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, 9 August 2017 - 6:00 PM
The Consul General of South Africa in Chicago, Ms. Vuyiswa Tulelo, in collaboration with The DuSable Museum of African American History invites you to this year's Women's Day Celebration and Symposium. We mark the centenary of Oliver Reginald Tambo (1917-2017) and his wife, Adelaide Tambo, as we celebrate the role, influence, and history of women's struggle against, and liberation from, the apartheid system in South Africa.
Presenters: Consulate General of the Republic of South Africa; The DuSable Museum of African American History
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Oil Lamp Theater
Glenview, Illinois
Sunday, 6 August 2017 - 3:00 PM
Takesha Meshe Kizart appears in the Role of Megan Spencer
Family and Consumer Science Teacher – wife and mother of two – whose enthusiasm for her job is strained by anxiety that, as the school’s “Home Ec” teacher, her position might be considered expendable and therefore an easy target if cuts are made.

Written by Teri Folz
Director: Keith Gerth
Assistant Director: Steve Smith
Stage Manager: Lara Caprini

Emily, English Teacher: Morgan Dixon
Student Four: Emily Dyer
Dylan, Math Teacher & Football Coach: Rob Frankel
Nick, Science Teacher: Blake Holen
Becky, Social Studies Teacher, Nicola Howard
Student One: Jayson Lee
Student Three: Emmaline Skillicorn
Student Five: Miles Andrew Weimer
Student Two: Elizabeth Wigley

A Comedy with Class.

“Why did you become a high school teacher?” This question, posed by a journalism class to the faculty of a typical American high school, sets the scene for The Faculty Lounge, a hilarious and touching play by Kentucky playwright Teri Foltz. Foltz, herself a former secondary school teacher, takes audiences into the private inner sanctum of a high school faculty lounge where teachers relax, vent their frustrations and share their hopes, both for themselves and for their students. In a series of short scenes, five high school teachers share thoughts they would never utter in a classroom or a parent-teacher conference as they reflect on their reasons for becoming teachers. Five students also weave in and out of their stories, sometimes leaping in as memories from the past, as the teachers’ own experiences as high school students intersect with their present-day realities. As playwright Foltz once said about her former profession, “I am very serious about teaching, although I found many aspects of my career hilarious!” She also notes,”The best part of teaching for me was always the students. My head is crowded with faces and voices of young people who made me laugh, cry and think.” The Faculty Lounge gives us all a chance to experience the profound human connections that make up the life of a teacher — from silly to moving, from embarrassing to inspiring — and that can never be measured on a report card or a standardized test.
Presenter: Oil Lamp Theater
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Oil Lamp Theater
Glenview, Illinois
Saturday, 5 August 2017 - 8:00 PM
Takesha Meshe Kizart appears in the Role of Megan Spencer
Family and Consumer Science Teacher – wife and mother of two – whose enthusiasm for her job is strained by anxiety that, as the school’s “Home Ec” teacher, her position might be considered expendable and therefore an easy target if cuts are made.

Written by Teri Folz
Director: Keith Gerth
Assistant Director: Steve Smith
Stage Manager: Lara Caprini

Emily, English Teacher: Morgan Dixon
Student Four: Emily Dyer
Dylan, Math Teacher & Football Coach: Rob Frankel
Nick, Science Teacher: Blake Holen
Becky, Social Studies Teacher, Nicola Howard
Student One: Jayson Lee
Student Three: Emmaline Skillicorn
Student Five: Miles Andrew Weimer
Student Two: Elizabeth Wigley

A Comedy with Class.

“Why did you become a high school teacher?” This question, posed by a journalism class to the faculty of a typical American high school, sets the scene for The Faculty Lounge, a hilarious and touching play by Kentucky playwright Teri Foltz. Foltz, herself a former secondary school teacher, takes audiences into the private inner sanctum of a high school faculty lounge where teachers relax, vent their frustrations and share their hopes, both for themselves and for their students. In a series of short scenes, five high school teachers share thoughts they would never utter in a classroom or a parent-teacher conference as they reflect on their reasons for becoming teachers. Five students also weave in and out of their stories, sometimes leaping in as memories from the past, as the teachers’ own experiences as high school students intersect with their present-day realities. As playwright Foltz once said about her former profession, “I am very serious about teaching, although I found many aspects of my career hilarious!” She also notes,”The best part of teaching for me was always the students. My head is crowded with faces and voices of young people who made me laugh, cry and think.” The Faculty Lounge gives us all a chance to experience the profound human connections that make up the life of a teacher — from silly to moving, from embarrassing to inspiring — and that can never be measured on a report card or a standardized test.
Presenter: Oil Lamp Theater
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Oil Lamp Theater
Glenview, Illinois
Friday, 4 August 2017 - 8:00 PM
Takesha Meshe Kizart appears in the Role of Megan Spencer
Family and Consumer Science Teacher – wife and mother of two – whose enthusiasm for her job is strained by anxiety that, as the school’s “Home Ec” teacher, her position might be considered expendable and therefore an easy target if cuts are made.

Written by Teri Folz
Director: Keith Gerth
Assistant Director: Steve Smith
Stage Manager: Lara Caprini

Emily, English Teacher: Morgan Dixon
Student Four: Emily Dyer
Dylan, Math Teacher & Football Coach: Rob Frankel
Nick, Science Teacher: Blake Holen
Becky, Social Studies Teacher, Nicola Howard
Student One: Jayson Lee
Student Three: Emmaline Skillicorn
Student Five: Miles Andrew Weimer
Student Two: Elizabeth Wigley

A Comedy with Class.

“Why did you become a high school teacher?” This question, posed by a journalism class to the faculty of a typical American high school, sets the scene for The Faculty Lounge, a hilarious and touching play by Kentucky playwright Teri Foltz. Foltz, herself a former secondary school teacher, takes audiences into the private inner sanctum of a high school faculty lounge where teachers relax, vent their frustrations and share their hopes, both for themselves and for their students. In a series of short scenes, five high school teachers share thoughts they would never utter in a classroom or a parent-teacher conference as they reflect on their reasons for becoming teachers. Five students also weave in and out of their stories, sometimes leaping in as memories from the past, as the teachers’ own experiences as high school students intersect with their present-day realities. As playwright Foltz once said about her former profession, “I am very serious about teaching, although I found many aspects of my career hilarious!” She also notes,”The best part of teaching for me was always the students. My head is crowded with faces and voices of young people who made me laugh, cry and think.” The Faculty Lounge gives us all a chance to experience the profound human connections that make up the life of a teacher — from silly to moving, from embarrassing to inspiring — and that can never be measured on a report card or a standardized test.
Presenter: Oil Lamp Theater
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Oil Lamp Theater
Glenview, Illinois
Thursday, 3 August 2017 - 8:00 PM
Takesha Meshe Kizart appears in the Role of Megan Spencer
Family and Consumer Science Teacher – wife and mother of two – whose enthusiasm for her job is strained by anxiety that, as the school’s “Home Ec” teacher, her position might be considered expendable and therefore an easy target if cuts are made.

Written by Teri Folz
Director: Keith Gerth
Assistant Director: Steve Smith
Stage Manager: Lara Caprini

Emily, English Teacher: Morgan Dixon
Student Four: Emily Dyer
Dylan, Math Teacher & Football Coach: Rob Frankel
Nick, Science Teacher: Blake Holen
Becky, Social Studies Teacher, Nicola Howard
Student One: Jayson Lee
Student Three: Emmaline Skillicorn
Student Five: Miles Andrew Weimer
Student Two: Elizabeth Wigley

A Comedy with Class.

“Why did you become a high school teacher?” This question, posed by a journalism class to the faculty of a typical American high school, sets the scene for The Faculty Lounge, a hilarious and touching play by Kentucky playwright Teri Foltz. Foltz, herself a former secondary school teacher, takes audiences into the private inner sanctum of a high school faculty lounge where teachers relax, vent their frustrations and share their hopes, both for themselves and for their students. In a series of short scenes, five high school teachers share thoughts they would never utter in a classroom or a parent-teacher conference as they reflect on their reasons for becoming teachers. Five students also weave in and out of their stories, sometimes leaping in as memories from the past, as the teachers’ own experiences as high school students intersect with their present-day realities. As playwright Foltz once said about her former profession, “I am very serious about teaching, although I found many aspects of my career hilarious!” She also notes,”The best part of teaching for me was always the students. My head is crowded with faces and voices of young people who made me laugh, cry and think.” The Faculty Lounge gives us all a chance to experience the profound human connections that make up the life of a teacher — from silly to moving, from embarrassing to inspiring — and that can never be measured on a report card or a standardized test.
Presenter: Oil Lamp Theater
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Oil Lamp Theater
Glenview, Illinois
Sunday, 30 July 2017 - 3:00 PM
Takesha Meshe Kizart appears in the Role of Megan Spencer
Family and Consumer Science Teacher – wife and mother of two – whose enthusiasm for her job is strained by anxiety that, as the school’s “Home Ec” teacher, her position might be considered expendable and therefore an easy target if cuts are made.

Written by Teri Folz
Director: Keith Gerth
Assistant Director: Steve Smith
Stage Manager: Lara Caprini

Emily, English Teacher: Morgan Dixon
Student Four: Emily Dyer
Dylan, Math Teacher & Football Coach: Rob Frankel
Nick, Science Teacher: Blake Holen
Becky, Social Studies Teacher, Nicola Howard
Student One: Jayson Lee
Student Three: Emmaline Skillicorn
Student Five: Miles Andrew Weimer
Student Two: Elizabeth Wigley

A Comedy with Class.

“Why did you become a high school teacher?” This question, posed by a journalism class to the faculty of a typical American high school, sets the scene for The Faculty Lounge, a hilarious and touching play by Kentucky playwright Teri Foltz. Foltz, herself a former secondary school teacher, takes audiences into the private inner sanctum of a high school faculty lounge where teachers relax, vent their frustrations and share their hopes, both for themselves and for their students. In a series of short scenes, five high school teachers share thoughts they would never utter in a classroom or a parent-teacher conference as they reflect on their reasons for becoming teachers. Five students also weave in and out of their stories, sometimes leaping in as memories from the past, as the teachers’ own experiences as high school students intersect with their present-day realities. As playwright Foltz once said about her former profession, “I am very serious about teaching, although I found many aspects of my career hilarious!” She also notes,”The best part of teaching for me was always the students. My head is crowded with faces and voices of young people who made me laugh, cry and think.” The Faculty Lounge gives us all a chance to experience the profound human connections that make up the life of a teacher — from silly to moving, from embarrassing to inspiring — and that can never be measured on a report card or a standardized test.
Presenter: Oil Lamp Theater
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Oil Lamp Theater
Glenview, Illinois
Saturday, 29 July 2017 - 8:00 PM
Takesha Meshe Kizart appears in the Role of Megan Spencer
Family and Consumer Science Teacher – wife and mother of two – whose enthusiasm for her job is strained by anxiety that, as the school’s “Home Ec” teacher, her position might be considered expendable and therefore an easy target if cuts are made.

Written by Teri Folz
Director: Keith Gerth
Assistant Director: Steve Smith
Stage Manager: Lara Caprini

Emily, English Teacher: Morgan Dixon
Student Four: Emily Dyer
Dylan, Math Teacher & Football Coach: Rob Frankel
Nick, Science Teacher: Blake Holen
Becky, Social Studies Teacher, Nicola Howard
Student One: Jayson Lee
Student Three: Emmaline Skillicorn
Student Five: Miles Andrew Weimer
Student Two: Elizabeth Wigley

A Comedy with Class.

“Why did you become a high school teacher?” This question, posed by a journalism class to the faculty of a typical American high school, sets the scene for The Faculty Lounge, a hilarious and touching play by Kentucky playwright Teri Foltz. Foltz, herself a former secondary school teacher, takes audiences into the private inner sanctum of a high school faculty lounge where teachers relax, vent their frustrations and share their hopes, both for themselves and for their students. In a series of short scenes, five high school teachers share thoughts they would never utter in a classroom or a parent-teacher conference as they reflect on their reasons for becoming teachers. Five students also weave in and out of their stories, sometimes leaping in as memories from the past, as the teachers’ own experiences as high school students intersect with their present-day realities. As playwright Foltz once said about her former profession, “I am very serious about teaching, although I found many aspects of my career hilarious!” She also notes,”The best part of teaching for me was always the students. My head is crowded with faces and voices of young people who made me laugh, cry and think.” The Faculty Lounge gives us all a chance to experience the profound human connections that make up the life of a teacher — from silly to moving, from embarrassing to inspiring — and that can never be measured on a report card or a standardized test.
Presenter: Oil Lamp Theater
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Oil Lamp Theater
Glenview, Illinois
Friday, 28 July 2017 - 8:00 PM
Takesha Meshe Kizart appears in the Role of Megan Spencer
Family and Consumer Science Teacher – wife and mother of two – whose enthusiasm for her job is strained by anxiety that, as the school’s “Home Ec” teacher, her position might be considered expendable and therefore an easy target if cuts are made.

Written by Teri Folz
Director: Keith Gerth
Assistant Director: Steve Smith
Stage Manager: Lara Caprini

Emily, English Teacher: Morgan Dixon
Student Four: Emily Dyer
Dylan, Math Teacher & Football Coach: Rob Frankel
Nick, Science Teacher: Blake Holen
Becky, Social Studies Teacher, Nicola Howard
Student One: Jayson Lee
Student Three: Emmaline Skillicorn
Student Five: Miles Andrew Weimer
Student Two: Elizabeth Wigley

A Comedy with Class.

“Why did you become a high school teacher?” This question, posed by a journalism class to the faculty of a typical American high school, sets the scene for The Faculty Lounge, a hilarious and touching play by Kentucky playwright Teri Foltz. Foltz, herself a former secondary school teacher, takes audiences into the private inner sanctum of a high school faculty lounge where teachers relax, vent their frustrations and share their hopes, both for themselves and for their students. In a series of short scenes, five high school teachers share thoughts they would never utter in a classroom or a parent-teacher conference as they reflect on their reasons for becoming teachers. Five students also weave in and out of their stories, sometimes leaping in as memories from the past, as the teachers’ own experiences as high school students intersect with their present-day realities. As playwright Foltz once said about her former profession, “I am very serious about teaching, although I found many aspects of my career hilarious!” She also notes,”The best part of teaching for me was always the students. My head is crowded with faces and voices of young people who made me laugh, cry and think.” The Faculty Lounge gives us all a chance to experience the profound human connections that make up the life of a teacher — from silly to moving, from embarrassing to inspiring — and that can never be measured on a report card or a standardized test.
Presenter: Oil Lamp Theater
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Oil Lamp Theater
Glenview, Illinois
Thursday, 27 July 2017 - 8:00 PM
Takesha Meshe Kizart appears in the Role of Megan Spencer
Family and Consumer Science Teacher – wife and mother of two – whose enthusiasm for her job is strained by anxiety that, as the school’s “Home Ec” teacher, her position might be considered expendable and therefore an easy target if cuts are made.

Written by Teri Folz
Director: Keith Gerth
Assistant Director: Steve Smith
Stage Manager: Lara Caprini

Emily, English Teacher: Morgan Dixon
Student Four: Emily Dyer
Dylan, Math Teacher & Football Coach: Rob Frankel
Nick, Science Teacher: Blake Holen
Becky, Social Studies Teacher, Nicola Howard
Student One: Jayson Lee
Student Three: Emmaline Skillicorn
Student Five: Miles Andrew Weimer
Student Two: Elizabeth Wigley

A Comedy with Class.

“Why did you become a high school teacher?” This question, posed by a journalism class to the faculty of a typical American high school, sets the scene for The Faculty Lounge, a hilarious and touching play by Kentucky playwright Teri Foltz. Foltz, herself a former secondary school teacher, takes audiences into the private inner sanctum of a high school faculty lounge where teachers relax, vent their frustrations and share their hopes, both for themselves and for their students. In a series of short scenes, five high school teachers share thoughts they would never utter in a classroom or a parent-teacher conference as they reflect on their reasons for becoming teachers. Five students also weave in and out of their stories, sometimes leaping in as memories from the past, as the teachers’ own experiences as high school students intersect with their present-day realities. As playwright Foltz once said about her former profession, “I am very serious about teaching, although I found many aspects of my career hilarious!” She also notes,”The best part of teaching for me was always the students. My head is crowded with faces and voices of young people who made me laugh, cry and think.” The Faculty Lounge gives us all a chance to experience the profound human connections that make up the life of a teacher — from silly to moving, from embarrassing to inspiring — and that can never be measured on a report card or a standardized test.
Presenter: Oil Lamp Theater
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Oil Lamp Theater
Glenview, Illinois
Sunday, 23 July 2017 - 3:00 PM
Takesha Meshe Kizart appears in the Role of Megan Spencer
Family and Consumer Science Teacher – wife and mother of two – whose enthusiasm for her job is strained by anxiety that, as the school’s “Home Ec” teacher, her position might be considered expendable and therefore an easy target if cuts are made.

Written by Teri Folz
Director: Keith Gerth
Assistant Director: Steve Smith
Stage Manager: Lara Caprini

Emily, English Teacher: Morgan Dixon
Student Four: Emily Dyer
Dylan, Math Teacher & Football Coach: Rob Frankel
Nick, Science Teacher: Blake Holen
Becky, Social Studies Teacher, Nicola Howard
Student One: Jayson Lee
Student Three: Emmaline Skillicorn
Student Five: Miles Andrew Weimer
Student Two: Elizabeth Wigley

A Comedy with Class.

“Why did you become a high school teacher?” This question, posed by a journalism class to the faculty of a typical American high school, sets the scene for The Faculty Lounge, a hilarious and touching play by Kentucky playwright Teri Foltz. Foltz, herself a former secondary school teacher, takes audiences into the private inner sanctum of a high school faculty lounge where teachers relax, vent their frustrations and share their hopes, both for themselves and for their students. In a series of short scenes, five high school teachers share thoughts they would never utter in a classroom or a parent-teacher conference as they reflect on their reasons for becoming teachers. Five students also weave in and out of their stories, sometimes leaping in as memories from the past, as the teachers’ own experiences as high school students intersect with their present-day realities. As playwright Foltz once said about her former profession, “I am very serious about teaching, although I found many aspects of my career hilarious!” She also notes,”The best part of teaching for me was always the students. My head is crowded with faces and voices of young people who made me laugh, cry and think.” The Faculty Lounge gives us all a chance to experience the profound human connections that make up the life of a teacher — from silly to moving, from embarrassing to inspiring — and that can never be measured on a report card or a standardized test.
Presenter: Oil Lamp Theater
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Oil Lamp Theater
Glenview, Illinois
Saturday, 22 July 2017 - 8:00 PM
Takesha Meshe Kizart appears in the Role of Megan Spencer
Family and Consumer Science Teacher – wife and mother of two – whose enthusiasm for her job is strained by anxiety that, as the school’s “Home Ec” teacher, her position might be considered expendable and therefore an easy target if cuts are made.

Written by Teri Folz
Director: Keith Gerth
Assistant Director: Steve Smith
Stage Manager: Lara Caprini

Emily, English Teacher: Morgan Dixon
Student Four: Emily Dyer
Dylan, Math Teacher & Football Coach: Rob Frankel
Nick, Science Teacher: Blake Holen
Becky, Social Studies Teacher, Nicola Howard
Student One: Jayson Lee
Student Three: Emmaline Skillicorn
Student Five: Miles Andrew Weimer
Student Two: Elizabeth Wigley

A Comedy with Class.

“Why did you become a high school teacher?” This question, posed by a journalism class to the faculty of a typical American high school, sets the scene for The Faculty Lounge, a hilarious and touching play by Kentucky playwright Teri Foltz. Foltz, herself a former secondary school teacher, takes audiences into the private inner sanctum of a high school faculty lounge where teachers relax, vent their frustrations and share their hopes, both for themselves and for their students. In a series of short scenes, five high school teachers share thoughts they would never utter in a classroom or a parent-teacher conference as they reflect on their reasons for becoming teachers. Five students also weave in and out of their stories, sometimes leaping in as memories from the past, as the teachers’ own experiences as high school students intersect with their present-day realities. As playwright Foltz once said about her former profession, “I am very serious about teaching, although I found many aspects of my career hilarious!” She also notes,”The best part of teaching for me was always the students. My head is crowded with faces and voices of young people who made me laugh, cry and think.” The Faculty Lounge gives us all a chance to experience the profound human connections that make up the life of a teacher — from silly to moving, from embarrassing to inspiring — and that can never be measured on a report card or a standardized test.
Presenter: Oil Lamp Theater
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Oil Lamp Theater
Glenview, Illinois
Friday, 21 July 2017 - 8:00 PM
Takesha Meshe Kizart appears in the Role of Megan Spencer
Family and Consumer Science Teacher – wife and mother of two – whose enthusiasm for her job is strained by anxiety that, as the school’s “Home Ec” teacher, her position might be considered expendable and therefore an easy target if cuts are made.

Written by Teri Folz
Director: Keith Gerth
Assistant Director: Steve Smith
Stage Manager: Lara Caprini

Emily, English Teacher: Morgan Dixon
Student Four: Emily Dyer
Dylan, Math Teacher & Football Coach: Rob Frankel
Nick, Science Teacher: Blake Holen
Becky, Social Studies Teacher, Nicola Howard
Student One: Jayson Lee
Student Three: Emmaline Skillicorn
Student Five: Miles Andrew Weimer
Student Two: Elizabeth Wigley

A Comedy with Class.

“Why did you become a high school teacher?” This question, posed by a journalism class to the faculty of a typical American high school, sets the scene for The Faculty Lounge, a hilarious and touching play by Kentucky playwright Teri Foltz. Foltz, herself a former secondary school teacher, takes audiences into the private inner sanctum of a high school faculty lounge where teachers relax, vent their frustrations and share their hopes, both for themselves and for their students. In a series of short scenes, five high school teachers share thoughts they would never utter in a classroom or a parent-teacher conference as they reflect on their reasons for becoming teachers. Five students also weave in and out of their stories, sometimes leaping in as memories from the past, as the teachers’ own experiences as high school students intersect with their present-day realities. As playwright Foltz once said about her former profession, “I am very serious about teaching, although I found many aspects of my career hilarious!” She also notes,”The best part of teaching for me was always the students. My head is crowded with faces and voices of young people who made me laugh, cry and think.” The Faculty Lounge gives us all a chance to experience the profound human connections that make up the life of a teacher — from silly to moving, from embarrassing to inspiring — and that can never be measured on a report card or a standardized test.
Presenter: Oil Lamp Theater
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Oil Lamp Theater
Glenview, Illinois
Thursday, 20 July 2017 - 8:00 PM
Takesha Meshe Kizart appears in the Role of Megan Spencer
Family and Consumer Science Teacher – wife and mother of two – whose enthusiasm for her job is strained by anxiety that, as the school’s “Home Ec” teacher, her position might be considered expendable and therefore an easy target if cuts are made.

Written by Teri Folz
Director: Keith Gerth
Assistant Director: Steve Smith
Stage Manager: Lara Caprini

Emily, English Teacher: Morgan Dixon
Student Four: Emily Dyer
Dylan, Math Teacher & Football Coach: Rob Frankel
Nick, Science Teacher: Blake Holen
Becky, Social Studies Teacher, Nicola Howard
Student One: Jayson Lee
Student Three: Emmaline Skillicorn
Student Five: Miles Andrew Weimer
Student Two: Elizabeth Wigley

A Comedy with Class.

“Why did you become a high school teacher?” This question, posed by a journalism class to the faculty of a typical American high school, sets the scene for The Faculty Lounge, a hilarious and touching play by Kentucky playwright Teri Foltz. Foltz, herself a former secondary school teacher, takes audiences into the private inner sanctum of a high school faculty lounge where teachers relax, vent their frustrations and share their hopes, both for themselves and for their students. In a series of short scenes, five high school teachers share thoughts they would never utter in a classroom or a parent-teacher conference as they reflect on their reasons for becoming teachers. Five students also weave in and out of their stories, sometimes leaping in as memories from the past, as the teachers’ own experiences as high school students intersect with their present-day realities. As playwright Foltz once said about her former profession, “I am very serious about teaching, although I found many aspects of my career hilarious!” She also notes,”The best part of teaching for me was always the students. My head is crowded with faces and voices of young people who made me laugh, cry and think.” The Faculty Lounge gives us all a chance to experience the profound human connections that make up the life of a teacher — from silly to moving, from embarrassing to inspiring — and that can never be measured on a report card or a standardized test.
Presenter: Oil Lamp Theater
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
Oil Lamp Theater
Glenview, Illinois
Sunday, 16 July 2017 - 3:00 PM
Takesha Meshe Kizart appears in the Role of Megan Spencer
Family and Consumer Science Teacher – wife and mother of two – whose enthusiasm for her job is strained by anxiety that, as the school’s “Home Ec” teacher, her position might be considered expendable and therefore an easy target if cuts are made.

Written by Teri Folz
Director: Keith Gerth
Assistant Director: Steve Smith
Stage Manager: Lara Caprini

Emily, English Teacher: Morgan Dixon
Student Four: Emily Dyer
Dylan, Math Teacher & Football Coach: Rob Frankel
Nick, Science Teacher: Blake Holen
Becky, Social Studies Teacher, Nicola Howard
Student One: Jayson Lee
Student Three: Emmaline Skillicorn
Student Five: Miles Andrew Weimer
Student Two: Elizabeth Wigley

A Comedy with Class.

“Why did you become a high school teacher?” This question, posed by a journalism class to the faculty of a typical American high school, sets the scene for The Faculty Lounge, a hilarious and touching play by Kentucky playwright Teri Foltz. Foltz, herself a former secondary school teacher, takes audiences into the private inner sanctum of a high school faculty lounge where teachers relax, vent their frustrations and share their hopes, both for themselves and for their students. In a series of short scenes, five high school teachers share thoughts they would never utter in a classroom or a parent-teacher conference as they reflect on their reasons for becoming teachers. Five students also weave in and out of their stories, sometimes leaping in as memories from the past, as the teachers’ own experiences as high school students intersect with their present-day realities. As playwright Foltz once said about her former profession, “I am very serious about teaching, although I found many aspects of my career hilarious!” She also notes,”The best part of teaching for me was always the students. My head is crowded with faces and voices of young people who made me laugh, cry and think.” The Faculty Lounge gives us all a chance to experience the profound human connections that make up the life of a teacher — from silly to moving, from embarrassing to inspiring — and that can never be measured on a report card or a standardized test.
Presenter: Oil Lamp Theater
Program TBA
Artist: Takesha Meshé Kizart (Soprano)
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TAKESHA MESHÉ KIZART



is worthy of all superlatives. With a breathtaking mastery and unflinching portrayals... a vocal flexibility that enables her to acutely pass from a tearful murmur to a firm luminosity. And her dramatic intelligence is worthy of the great "lionesses" of the lyric theater. An artist whose international career is still at its dawning, this young and beautiful American should reach the summit quickly. Provided, of course, that she preserves the incandescent glow that currently emanates from her every word and gesture. 
-Opera Magazine
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