City Theatre student matinees offer educators and students the opportunity to experience new and adventurous plays in a professional theatre environment. Each performance is accompanied by a post-show talkback session with the cast and crew. Teachers attending the matinees also receive show-specific resource guides prior to their visit. Each guide features informative interviews, articles, and classroom activities that fulfill Pennsylvania Academic Standards.
FANNIE: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer
By Cheryl L. West
January 12, 2023, 11am at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center This powerful performance celebrates the indomitable courage of civil rights hero Fannie Lou Hamer—a leader in the struggle for voting rights whose activism was infused with spirituals, protest songs, and the conviction that nobody’s free until everybody’s free. Inspired by her life story and filled with her music, FANNIE is a hopeful rallying cry that honors the spirit of a true revolutionary.
Show Details: THIS PRODUCTION IS SOLD OUT. Run Time: Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. Content Warning: Production contains mature themes and descriptions of racially-motivated violence. Grade Recommendation: 6-12
WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME
February 2 and 9, 2023, 11am at City Theatre Company
Playwright Heidi Schreck earned her college tuition and developed a deep love of the Constitution by winning debate competitions around the country as a teenager. All grown-up, her hilarious and optimistic new play reimagines how this living document served four different generations of women and what it will mean for the future of America.
Show Details: Run Time: Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. It will be followed by a 15-minute talkback with the actors. Content Warning: Production contains strong language and discussions of abortion, domestic abuse and sexual assult. Grade Recommendation: 9-12
March 30, 2023, 11am at City Theatre Company
Expecting Latine couple, Tania and Pablo, have just purchased their first home next to long-time D.C. residents (and Potomac Horticultural Society award seekers), Frank and Virginia. Cultures clash when Tania’s plan for a “native garden” disagrees with Frank’s perfectly pristine posies and a property line disagreement turns into an all-out border dispute. Karen Zacarias’s brilliant comedy exposes well-intentioned neighbors’ notions on race, class, morality, and privilege.
Show Details: Run Time: Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. It will be followed by a 15-minute talkback with the actors. Content Warning: Production contains microagressions and mild cursing Grade Recommendation: 7-12
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