Signature in the Schools

Signature in the Schools presents 295N

A New Play by Joe Calarco
Directed by David Zobell

February 29 and March 7 at 7:30PM
Click dates above to reserve tickets

Six young Northern Virginia students find themselves thrust into a complex and violent world, a world made of poetry, reenactments, the guiding words of Frederick Douglass and the personal experiences of the students themselves. The heart of this complex world is the death of Freddie Gray, an event that forces each of these students to confront their own relationships with issues of race. As one young African American student, Jasen, finds himself compelled to seek justice, the others are forced to confront how close to home the issues of Baltimore actually are.

Energetic and highly theatrical, 295N continues Signature in the Schools’ award-winning legacy of politically charged theater. Featuring a cast and crew of Arlington County Public Schools students.

Tickets are free. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended.
To reserve seats, call the Signature Box Office at 703 820 9771.

What is Signature in the Schools?

Signature in the Schools uses theater to open the minds and broaden the viewpoints of local teens while engaging them in a positive creative experience. A recipient of The Washington Post’s prestigious Community Service Award, Signature in the Schools reaches over 1,400 students annually.

Signature in the Schools is a multifaceted program that encompasses in-school workshops for Arlington Public Schools English, Social Studies and Theater classes, theatrical training for young artists, and the creation of an original play. The play is directed, designed and written by Signature artists and features a cast and crew of Arlington high school students and an Equity actor.

Signature in the Schools: The Play

Once the production has been cast, Joe Calarco, Signature Theatre’‘s Resident Director/Director of New Works, writes an original play specially tailored to the personalities and abilities of the student performers and focuses on themes from Arlington Public Schools Social Studies’ curriculum.

All students, whether onstage or off, are mentored by professionals and before rehearsals begin go through a three week “Boot Camp,” where they critically engage with the historical subject matter of the play and develop strong theatrical and ensemble skills.

Signature in the Schools: The In-Class Experience

Signature in the Schools performs five student matinees each year. Classes who attend receive:

  • Copies of an in-depth resource guide for each student.
  • Free tickets to the performance.
  • Free transportation to and from Signature Theatre (Arlington Public Schools only.)

Additionally, participating teachers may request free workshops by Signature Theatre’s acclaimed Education Department. Workshops in the past have covered a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Historical subject matter of the play
  • Media literacy
  • Collaboration
  • Basics of theatrical staging

Signature in the Schools: The Performances

The 2016 Signature in the Schools performances will run from February 26 to March 7. As in years past, there will be several student matinees. Additionally, there will be two public evening performances, one on February 29 and one on March 7, at 7:30PM.

Tickets for all performances of Signature in the Schools are completely free and may be requested by teachers.

For more information about booking field trip groups for student matinees, please e-mail or call 571 527 1854.