Delve into the challenges faced by educators in ‘Rubber,’ a gripping drama by Vinnie Nardiello. Set in a “rubber room” where teachers await uncertain futures, this production at Theater for the New City (151 First Ave., New York, NY) explores themes of resilience and the complexities of the education system.

Experience ‘Rubber’ from April 4 to 21, with special discounted rates available for educators.

From Vinnie Nardiello, Playwright:

I was inspired to write ‘Rubber’ following my own experiences working as a writing teacher at a performing arts academy, while simultaneously serving as vice-president of my local teachers’ union. The action of this story is centered in a rubber room, a purgatory for teachers awaiting disciplinary hearings, some of whom are stuck waiting for years. It is, I believe, a nuanced and compelling portrayal of the human experience via the lens of the contemporary education system that has great potential beyond our three week run. ‘Rubber’ explores themes in education, the modern culture of online shaming, and this particular production is unique in our inclusion of currently employed educators on our production team and in our cast, including myself, my director, Kerri Ann Murphy, and our lead, Chelsea Lee Walker.

We believe that ‘Rubber’ will resonate deeply with audiences and spark important conversations about the very public nature of personal identity as well as the state of the American education system.

 

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