I recommend that the CI Drama program produces the play Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire.
Discussion of the Plays
Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire and Detroit by Lisa D’Amour show how individuals respond to economic uncertainty. Choosing between the two plays was difficult, but Margaret’s struggle to pay rent after she is fired from her job in Good People is relatable to many families during the 2008 recession. All students will be able to reflect upon the extremes that Margaret goes to for a job and can see how wealth causes social divides. By the end of the play you’ll learn to not always expect the worst from people, and that people do not always get equal opportunities in life.
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Enhancement to Other Courses
I am recommending Good People because it will enhance learning in Principles of Macroeconomics, Intro to Sociology, Social Problems, and Human Motivation. Programs that will be enhanced include business, economics, sociology and psychology. Good People will ultimately benefit all students understanding of social inequality in America and how people become desperate for work in economic downturns. Students will see that there is empathy among the lower class when Stevie pays Margaret’s rent for the month.
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Promotion for this play will require at least one month and will involve many programs on campus to enhance our campaign. During this time the business and drama students will host a booth to promote the play in front of the John Spoor Broome Library. During the promotion students will be able to enter raffles for a free ticket to the play. We will target business students specifically by offering a 20% discount on tickets. With teacher’s approval in the business department, students will be offered extra credit for attending the play and completing a written assignment.
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