After a critically acclaimed extended run (LA Weekly – PICK OF THE WEEK) at Beverly Hills Playhouse, this stunning production of A Child Left Behind now opens at Ruskin Group Theatre, in Santa Monica.
It was time to speak up. When LAUSD teacher and playwright Alan Aymie was given his second pink slip from the school district that he had worked in for a decade, and later “graded” by the LA Times, he decided that it was time to provide a voice for the teaching professional. While painting a compelling and powerful portrait of the daily challenges that teachers face in Los Angeles, Aymie also takes a poignant look at his own experiences of trying to teach his son who was recently assessed with Asperger’s Syndrome.
“Here I was working to be a good teacher, yet the person (my son) who I really needed to teach I couldn’t reach” – explains Aymie.
A dramatic response to the LA Times’ Value Added teacher ratings. A teacher’s personal journey of trying to be a good educator while parenting a special needs child, and learning what it takes to be taught.