Welcome to Melvin Tolson High School — it's summer school, it's hot, the barbwire fence is fixed, and a young African American boy has been shot, leaving his group of friends reeling from the loss and wondering if their voices can ever be heard. Enter Austin Dean Ashford, a former Great Debater, to teach a master class on public speaking and challenge this group of boys to speak out and give voice to their hopes and fears. Filled with pressing issues, inspiring characters, and graced with comic flourishes, this one-person dramedy debates what happens to young minds when our educational spaces begin to resemble prisons more than places to learn and grow.

by Austin Dean Ashford

directed by Dexter Singleton

Spring/Summer 2020

Erector Square

319 Peck Street, Building 6S

New Haven

© 2018 by COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS THEATRE, P.O. Box 3402, New Haven, CT 06515, 

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