The students read and performed scenes from the American play, Moon for the Misbegotten; a Chinese play, The Butterfly Dream; and a Latin American play, Dona Rosita the Spinster.
The students analyzed what the three plays had in common and performed them before a small audience. Afterwards, they discussed why theater is important to societies around the world, no matter the location.
“This project was very important because the students owned it entirely,” said Jen Cook, Oak Hills High School theater arts teacher. “The students chose the focus, or message, of their prologue scene based on what they had culled from the actual texts. The students wrote their scenes to reflect the universal themes that they saw were present. In the end, the students directed themselves into the performance.”
During the project, the students learned that theater serves an important purpose to cultures around the world. “They realized that even though we may come from different cultures, we share some of the same social conflicts,” Cook added.