Plays

Our Children Are Your Students:

LGBTQ Families Speak Out (2021)

Tara Goldstein with contributions by Pam Baer, benjamin lee hicks, Bishop (Yasmin) Owis, Kate Reid, and Jenny Salisbury

Our Children are Your Students reports on the various tactics that LGBTQ families use to work with schools that don’t anticipate the arrival of their families and children. The book features a verbatim theatre script called Out at School, which is based on interviews conducted with 37 LGBTQ families about their experiences in school. The play contains 22 scenes of verbatim monologues and dialogues. A set of images created by visual artist benjamin lee hicks accompanies each scene. The play also contains three original songs composed by musician Kate Reid, who draws on a number of the themes embedded in the scenes. Links to performances of the songs and to the artwork are available on taragoldstein.com

Our Children are Your Students reports on the various tactics that LGBTQ families use to work with schools that don’t anticipate the arrival of their families and children. The book features a verbatim theatre script called Out at School, which is based on interviews conducted with 37 LGBTQ families about their experiences in school. The play contains 22 scenes of verbatim monologues and dialogues. A set of images created by visual artist benjamin lee hicks accompanies each scene. The play also contains three original songs composed by musician Kate Reid, who draws on a number of the themes embedded in the scenes. Links to performances of the songs and to the artwork are available on taragoldstein.com

Reviews

Our Children Are Your Students points to the everyday challenges and celebrations of LGBTQ families and children as they navigate their way through the Canadian education system. Incorporating the voices of LGBTQ families who are so often silenced by schools, Tara Goldstein and the LGBTQ Families research team have done a truly wonderful job in bringing their experiences to light. An inspiring, honest, hopeful, sensitive, thought-provoking and beautifully presented book.  All teachers, pre-service teachers and teacher educators must read this. In all honesty, I could hardly put it down​.

Tania Ferfolja, Associate Professor, School of Education, Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University, Australia 

Our Children Are Your Students is part teaching, part research, part art, and 100% devoted to improving the quality of the lives of LGBTQ students and their families. Goldstein (and her fellow authors) have an ear for beautiful words, creating theatre from family testimonies of struggle and joy within our education system.  If teachers, professors, and community professionals are serious about following human rights laws for the inclusion of LGBTQ families, they should open up this book. If LGBTQ families want to feel less alone, they can find their loving stories within the pages

Karleen Pendleton Jiménez, Professor, School of Education, Gender and Social Justice, Trent University, Canada 

Zero Tolerance and Other Plays:

(2013)

In May 2007, 15-year old Jordan Manners was shot and killed in the hallway of his Toronto school. One month later, an investigation resulted in a 595-page report entitled ‘The Road to Health‘. A few months later, in an attempt to provoke discussion about the report among teachers in Toronto, I adapted the report into a dramatic script called Zero Tolerance. The play was performed for the first time in September 2008 for 500 new teachers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education’s annual Safe Schools Conference.

 

Zero Tolerance along with two other play scripts, Lost Daughter and Ana’s Shadow, is available as an anthology. The plays take up themes of racism, xenophobia and homophobia and experienced by racialized and marginalized families in North America.

In May 2007, 15-year old Jordan Manners was shot and killed in the hallway of his Toronto school. One month later, an investigation resulted in a 595-page report entitled ‘The Road to Health‘. A few months later, in an attempt to provoke discussion about the report among teachers in Toronto, I adapted the report into a dramatic script called Zero Tolerance. The play was performed for the first time in September 2008 for 500 new teachers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education’s annual Safe Schools Conference.

 

Zero Tolerance along with two other play scripts, Lost Daughter and Ana’s Shadow,is available as an anthology. The plays take up themes of racism, xenophobia and homophobia and experienced by racialized and marginalized families in North America.

Staging Harriet’s House:

Writing and Producing Research Informed Theatre (2012)

Staging Harriet’s House (2012) describes the 2010 production of Harriet’s House, an ethnographic play about transnational adoption in a lesbian family, for Toronto Pride Festival. Providing practical advice for anyone interested in producing their own work, Staging Harriet’s House engages with the topics of writing, workshopping, rehearsing and staging ethnographic plays.   Readers will find references to work by American, Australian, British, and other Canadian research-informed theatre artists. The text includes the script that was performed in the 2010 production of the play, as well as a selected bibliography on research-informed theatre.

Staging Harriet’s House (2012) describes the 2010 production of Harriet’s House, an ethnographic play about transnational adoption in a lesbian family, for Toronto Pride Festival. Providing practical advice for anyone interested in producing their own work, Staging Harriet’s House engages with the topics of writing, workshopping, rehearsing and staging ethnographic plays.   Readers will find references to work by American, Australian, British, and other Canadian research-informed theatre artists. The text includes the script that was performed in the 2010 production of the play, as well as a selected bibliography on research-informed theatre.

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Image credit: benjamin lee hicks (2019)

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