Mineral Pointer’s Play Produced in Madison

201301 Class (310x480)First produced at Mineral Point’s Alley Stage in 2007, “Class,” by Coleman, will open at Madison’s fabled Broom Street Theater on Jan. 11 and run for four weeks through Feb. 2.

Inspired by a true story, “Class” is a disturbing and comic exploration of the dark side of being human.

In 1968, Riceville, Iowa, third-grade teacher Jane Elliott wanted to teach — really teach — her students a lesson about prejudice. It was the week after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. The lesson she taught worked so  well it resulted in two documentaries (by “Frontline” and PBS) and forever changed the lives of her students.

In this fictional two-act modern re-telling, on the day after the introduction of her new lesson the teacher is confronted by an angry parent accompanied by the school principal. But the parent and the principal
quickly become students themselves, and learn the lesson with hilarious and tragic consequences.

Director Tyler Schott has worked at Broom Street as an actor and designer, but this is his first time directing at Broom Street. Schott also performed at Alley Stage in 2010 and 2012.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday Jan. 11-Feb. 2. Reserve tickets online at bstonline.org or call (608) 244-8338.


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