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Exception to the Rule by Dave Harris (5+6+7)


  • CALHOUN CABARET 189 Elm Street New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)

"The Black Waiting for Godot" 

Five high school students are stuck in detention on the Friday before a long weekend. They are all regulars in this system. Business is as usual until Erika, the college bound all-star of the worst high school in the city, shows up to her very first detention. As the play progresses, we learn why each of them has been sentenced to detention. We learn the rules of this place. How do you survive here? How do you avoid consequences? How do you stay safe? What do you do when the teacher doesn't even show up to detention? 

In a show produced and cast entirely by people of color, Exception to the Rule attacks the issue of surviving in an institution that was not built for you. Maybe you smoke some weed in detention. Maybe you have some sex in detention. Maybe you study hard so that you can escape detention. Maybe you wait for something to change in detention. But no matter how we survive, maybe we're all stuck here together.