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Stand and Deliver
Stand and Deliver
Based on the screenplay by Ramon Menendez and Tom Musca. Adapted for the stage by Robert Bella.

Cast: 10m., 7w. (fewer with doubling), multiracial/gender flexible (half of the male roles can be played by females). Extras as desired. A motion picture originally released by Warner Brothers, this Oscar-nominated drama is the compelling true story of a dedicated East Los Angeles teacher who surmounts overwhelming odds in his quest to turn inner-city students into whiz kids. When Jaime Escalante leaves a career in engineering to teach 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 quirky sense of humor, antics and offbeat teaching methods mesmerize and motivate his students. A class goal is set: 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.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  SB3
Cast Size:  17
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  100
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  130 min.
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 087129740X
Robert Bella has a B.F.A. from NYU's Undergraduate Drama Department, where he is currently an adjunct faculty member. Writing credits include three original screenplays, numerous one-act plays and the stage adaptation of the film Stand and Deliver. Bella is a founding member of The Atlantic Theater Company, for which he has worked on more than 50 plays for stage and ...More
Ramon Menendez (right), director and co-writer of Warner Brothers' Stand and Deliver, directed "The Bribe" for HBO's Tales From the Crypt. He also directed and co-wrote Hollywood Pictures' Money for Nothing. As a commercial director, Menendez has created national and regional television spots for Coca Cola and Southwestern Bell. A native of Cuba, he completed his undergraduate studies at San ...More
Tom Musca (left), producer and co-writer of Stand and Deliver, was raised and schooled (Phi Beta Kappa, Rutgers) in New Jersey. After stints in advertising, publishing and the music business, Musca earned an M.F.A. from UCLA Film School. While a film student, he won the Rod Serling Award twice and was a national award winner in the AFI Festival for ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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