It’s the Spring of 2020 and the Minnehaha Montessori School of South Minneapolis has gone totally online. Annie – a finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year – should have no problem getting her 6th graders to the end of the school year.
Teacher of the Year tells the story of a woman, a family, a school, a community, a pandemic, and a murder in the city of Minneapolis during the tumultuous Spring of 2020.
Cotuit Center for the Arts and Eventide Theatre Company are proud to present the world premiere broadcast of “Teacher of the Year”, a new play by Jim Dalglish.
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It’s the first day of virtual learning for Annie and her 6th graders at Minnehaha Montessori of South Minneapolis and her principal is on her case about the large aquarium in her classroom that is beginning to stink.
Mothers and Micro-Aggressions
Annie discovers that her ex-husband and his wife have created an alternative curriculum for her 11-year-old son. Her mother - an ICU nurse - shares her pessimistic view on where the pandemic is heading.
A Kettle of Fish
Annie outwits Principal Edwards and returns the fish to nature. She struggles to get her 6th graders excited about their new project - creating online retellings of stories from the Iliad.
Common Household Objects
Principal Edwards decides to make attendance for the rest of the year optional. Annie has her remaining students present tableaus they have created for their Iliad projects. It doesn’t go well.
The shit hits the fan when a screen grab of one of the Iliad tableaus is posted on Twitter. Cass becomes ill and Annie turns to her ex-husband for support.
To motivate the few students remaining in her class, Annie decides to create her own Iliad project. She receives a text from her mother begging for help.
Annie calls for an ambulance and races to the hospital.
Murder in Minneapolis
Devon takes his family to a Black Lives Matter march to protest the killing of George Floyd. Annie tries to remain optimistic about Cass’s health.
Annie Goes Under Cover
Annie manages to evade hospital security in order to see Cass.
The School Board Meeting
Annie attends the school board meeting and gets devastating news.
A Lesson Plan on Loss
As Minneapolis descends into chaos, Annie struggles to explain to Akeem what has happened to his grandmother. Principal Edwards reaches out to Annie in a gesture of support.
After Annie’s life goes up in flames, help comes from an unexpected source.
Miranda Jonté - Annie
Calvin M. Thompson - Devon
Bonnie Fairbanks - Principal Edwards
Darlene Van Alstyne - Shiela
Nina Schuessler - Cass
Sara Sneed - Mrs. Gundersen
Jess Wilson - 911 Operator
Cathy Ode - Claire
Introducing: Marcus Coffey - Akeem
Sophia Sneed - Britney
Natalia Tsourides - Melody
Athan Tsourides - Trevor
Aria D’Schommer Grant - Yuri
Carly Silverman - Michelle
Madison Solopoulos - Haley
Jake Murphy - Michael
Ella Meshoulam - Sky
Hanna Meshoulam - Chris
Jason Lewis - Jackson
Cole Pantaleo - Reggie
Asia Gaston - Lisa
The School Board:
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