Photography: Martha Swope
A intensely charged, confrontational two character play set in an urban college speech teacher's office, as she faces a brilliant but illiterate Black student. Calvin demands to be taught and not merely shuffled through the system. Alice struggles to help him but is trapped by the double standards of an inadequate educational system.
Samuel French OOBA FESTIVAL Playwriting Award.
The New York Times pick for the “Ten Best Plays of the Year” list,
Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award.
OPEN ADMISSIONS has been included in many anthologies, including:
POLITICAL STAGES: PLAYS THAT SHAPED A CENTURY: Applause Books: NY 2002
SOLO: The Best Monologues of the '80's, edited by Earley and Keil, Applause Theatre Book Publishers: NY.
THE ACTOR'S BOOK OF SCENES FROM NEW PLAYS, edited by Lane and Shengold, Penguin Books: NY.
THE GREAT MONOLOGES from the EST Marathon, edited by Graham; Smith and Kraus, Inc.: Newbury, VT.
The Drama League, New York, NY
The Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT
Directed by Arven Brown.
New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre
Adapted as a CBS Television Special, starring Jane Alexander and Michael Beach, with Dennis Farina and Estelle Parsons.
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