by Junebug Productions
Written and performed by Troi Bechet, Michael "Quess" Moore,
Rebecca Mwase, Thena Robinson, Derek Roguski
Directed by Kiyoko McCrae
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Set in the context of the privatization of public schools, Lockdown is an original play that explores the impact of education reform in New Orleans post-Katrina. The play follows five adults whose lives are touched by the education system in different ways. Through these characters we get a glimpse in to the education system and the challenges that both they and their students face: a veteran union teacher who is fired after Katrina and now finds her grandson suspended from school, an English teacher struggling to teach a progressive curriculum in the face of pressure from the administration, a part-time creative writing teacher struggling to teach gender, sexuality and oppression in a school that does not allow her to be openly gay, a newly transplanted Teach for America teacher questioning his place, and an attorney fighting the school-to-prison pipeline.
In addition to traditional scenes, the piece uses spoken word and original music to explore the intersections between lives, institutions, and the ways we understand ourselves and our history.
Junebug Productions mission is to create, produce, tour and present high-quality performing art which supports and encourages oppressed and exploited African Americans in the Black Belt south who are working to improve the quality of life available to themselves and others who are similarly situated.