Stand And Deliver
Directed by Eurydice Saucedo
Based on the movie of the true about about teacher Jaime Escalante who teaches high school math, he is assigned to a barrio school with a reputation for gangs, drugs and dropouts, an ill-funded school that is also in imminent danger of losing its accreditation. Still, his offbeat teaching methods mesmerize and motivate his students with a class goal to take the Advanced Placement Calculus Test, an exam so demanding that less than two percent of seniors attempt it. Pressure mounts! Escalante works his students and himself so obsessively that he suffers a heart attack a couple of days before the test; nonetheless, 18 students take the test. All 18 pass! However, the skeptical Educational Testing Service invalidates the scores because of the unusual similarity of wrong answers. Ambition and pride vanish in a single computerized keystroke. Reluctantly, the students agree to retest. The result provides the dramatic conclusion to this emotion-packed, inspirational, urban fairy tale.
Set to run during the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Playhouse wanted to bring a story that our community can still relate to today. In real life back in 1982, 18 students at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles passed the Advanced Placement Calculus test, which was unprecedented for a predominantly Latino school in California. Rather than applaud the tireless efforts of the students—and their teacher, the late Jaime Escalante—the Educational Testing Service asked 14 of them to retake the test.
We hope that those, especially the youth walk away with a sense of pride of who they are, and what they can accomplish with ‘ganas.”
For its 55th season, there have been a few changes. Performances will run for three weekends instead of the usual four. Also, teachers pay only $12 and Children 12 and under pay $9.00.
September 7- September 23, 2018
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