Learn Me Somethin', a hilarious, provocative satire, tells the story of Jameson Jones and his mother, who earnestly believe in school as a place to learn, but nonetheless find themselves propelled through a wonderland of scary officials, bizarre classrooms and inscrutable committee meetings. Students march in their desks to a class where they are sorted willy-nilly into "front-brained" and "back-brained" groups; a math teacher (who wears an overhead projector) is so beset by a complete turnover of students coming and going that he can't even present one simple proposition; the school board suffers from ADD; the FARCE Committee (Faculty and Administration Redesign for Community Empowerment) gives unanimous approval to propositions that have no verbs; politicians pontificate about a phoney-baloney joint venture in education while fighting over a plateful of shrimp. When young Jones makes an observation in math class, he triggers an impromptu experiment. Wire and ribbon are strung high and low across the classroom producing, to everyone's surprise, an elegant parallelogram, shimmering in space, bringing order out of chaos for one brief, lovely moment—which ends when the dean barges in. This play makes teachers, parents, students—and even administrators—laugh and weep at the truth laid bare!
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code L89000
- Cast Size 23
- Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
- Cost $8.95
- Approx. Run Time 80 min
- Target Audience Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Touring Group
- Genre Comedy | Satire
- ISBN(13) 9780871297747
- "Very timely for the "circus" environment of our school and the current budget cuts and contract negotiations. The cast had a ball, the audiences had a ball, too! A good long laugh at ourselves is just what the doctor ordered!!!"
- Review by Thomas Towne, Wahconah Regional High School, Dalton, Mass.
- "Learn Me Somethin' offers an honest, satirical look at today's education system. This play was well received by students, parents, administratorsÑand especially teachers. It shows us that even though the educational system is chaotic at timesÑpositive events can still take place in the lives of students."
- Review by William Dawson, West High School, Waterloo, Iowa