February 22, 2010
I was invited to see the staged production of ten one act-plays, written by students from the Portland Night High School as they participated in a program with PlayWrite.
As a teacher for thirty-six years, what I witnessed was a transforming experience for the audience, the student writers and the members of PlayWrite. The depth of emotion, the crafting of scene and word to convey feeling and understanding, the reflection of perspective, all within a coherent story line was overpowering.
In extended discussions with the students and the actors after the performance, I came to understand the impact of the PlayWrite program on the growth and development of the students that had been involved. The stretch of imagination, the accumulation and assembly of vocabulary, the bond between writer and actor, all represent a powerful lifetime experience, especially for the students, which will shape and guide their future education and life.
The students in the Night High have been described in various terms over the thirty-year existence of this award-winning School. The best one I know is the one that described them as “having been left for dead on the road of education.” The Night School has acquired a reputation for developing or arranging for life preserving techniques in learning. Its several year association with the folks involved with the PlayWrite Program is one of those major, life-sustaining situations.
At a time when all the regular resources for public education have narrowed sharply, it is enormously important that programs like PlayWrite receive support from organizations like the one you represent. Its influence on the lives of future generations can be clearly observed.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
watching the completed dramatic productions of the student authors over several years and discussing the experience with the students and their dramatic coaches and the actors associated with the productions.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the professional talents of the coaches and actors. These folks bring an enormous amount of savvy to their work with the students. Their talent and skill in "listening" is extraordinary
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
General Member of the Public & I volunteer at the Portland Night High School and am a major donor to PlayWrite.