This play was a commission for the Western States Center's Common Good Masterclass for Artists & Cultural Workers: Combatting Racism, Antisemitism, & Antidemocratic Movements. 130 youth from all over the US responded to my online questionnaire with their thoughts, feelings and experiences of these issues. Like the Presidential State of the Union, THE STATE OF THE STUDENTS is a message to the public on the current conditions of our nation. The characters are composites representing those young people. The words are their own voices. I want to honor them by making sure this script has a life beyond the page.
A perusal copy of the script is available here. It can easily accommodate socially distant live staging or online performance, so it could be especially useful right now, as Omicron is surging.
Please feel free to share this inquiry, and contact me if you have any questions or interest. Thanks so much for your help and consideration.
Yours, Rachel Atkins (she/her)
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