A play within a play within a play

And a cool one woman show to boot!

…In her new one-woman play “No Child,” Nilaja Sun portrays (among many other characters) a version of herself: an idealistic young teaching artist who leads a class of rowdy Bronx 10th graders in a theatrical performance…

…In “No Child,” which is directed by Hal Brooks, Ms. Sun leads a group of students at the fictional Malcolm X High School through a performance of “Our Country’s Good.” That 1988 play by Timberlake Wertenbaker is about a real-life lieutenant who led a group of 18th-century Australian convicts in a production of George Farquhar’s 1706 comedy “The Recruiting Officer.” The concept may seem a bit dizzying ­– a Restoration comedy within a contemporary drama within a school play within a one-woman show — but the thematic resonances are clear, as both “Our Country’s Good” and “No Child” argue for the exalting benefits of theater on troubled individuals and communities.



About La (Paula) Mor

La (Paula) Mór is a theatre teacher and director. She has taught and directed in the UK and internationally for 20+ years, both at Secondary and University level. La is currently working on Jeju Island in South Korea at Branksome Hall Asia where she develops original, contemporary theatre with her students and continues research into the applications of the Viewpoints in Theatre Education. La has been trained in Anne Bogart's 9 Viewpoints by SITI Theatre Company and Zen Zen Zo and delivers international Viewpoints training to young people, undergraduates, performers and lecturers. Academic background: BA(Hons) Bristol University; PGCE Leeds University; MA Applied Theatre, Central School of Speech and Drama.

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