Too many high school actors perform works unrelated to their age or their needs or experience. Their work is often forced to be "clever" rather than honest and meaningful. Finding this artistically unproductive, Baker's commissioned New York's Circle Rep playwright Peter Dee to develop a series of contemporary scenes and monologues suitable for production in secondary schools. Dee has brilliantly created vignettes reflecting the joys and troubles of growing up too quickly in America. The scenes are devastatingly honest, sometimes hilarious and always speak from and to the heart. The monologues and two character scenes cover such diverse subjects as alcoholism, love, drugs, teacher-student rapport, teen pregnancy, suicide, and much more.
Enthusiastic reports from drama coaches.
Mr. Dee is the recipient of The International Director's Award given by the Thespian Society.
"Our audiences were very receptive and many made a point of telling us how some of the sequences hit home. The kind of script I'm constantly searching for." - Bettendorf, IA
"I was worried about the content, being from a rather conservative town, but this show has generated more audience response than any other show that I've done here." - Owensboro, KY
"Audience reaction was more than favorable, and our superintendent thought it was a play that every parent should see." - Fitchburg, MA
"In Voices from the High School, Peter Dee takes a realistic look at today's teenagers, their problems, and their dreams. This is not your usual high school pap." - Judy Klemesrud, New York Times