NotesFrom the author:
Please note that the racial requirements as noted on the character list page are not flexible. Notably, Banerjee/Wei has been the role that has been trickiest to cast, and more than once directors have given up and attempted to put a white actress in the role. Apart from the artistic demands of the script, I am a stickler about this because of the numerous Asian-American actress friends of mine who came to theatre after having pursued careers in more traditionally prestigious fields (medicine, law, business, etc.). All of them wished someone had reached out to them with a role like this when they were in school, even if they hadn't been fully invested in theatre at that point in their lives. This is why I think it's critical to find an Asian-American actress for the role, even at smaller institutions like high schools, colleges and community theaters.
In the original production we cast an Indian-American actor, and during the play's development, the role, of course, grew with the actor playing it. Though it's never explicitly stated in the dialogue, this actor often expressed how she felt the role in the play-as-published reflects a particularly Asian-American upbringing—in many ways, Banerjee fits the archetype/stereotype of an anxious overachiever under pressure from parental figures. This actor, and others, have expressed appreciation for that.
If you have questions about casting requirements or anything else in the play, please contact Dramatic Publishing.
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code PM1000
- Cast Size 5
- Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
- Cost $9.95
- Approx. Run Time 105 min
- Target Audience College and Adult
- Performing Group College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
- Genre Comedy | Drama | Satire
- ISBN(13) 9781619590243
Media Reviews"Engaging, intelligent and important." -Chicago Theatre Review
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"There are very few excellent plays about public education. This is one." -Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
"This clear-eyed glimpse into the teachers' lounge makes hearty laughs part of an all too relevant lesson plan." -Time Out Chicago