Schedule - Friday, 21 July 2017

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)
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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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