TV favorites Stephen Wallem (Nurse Jackie), Colin Hanlon (Modern Family), Ann Harada (Smash), Kate Reinders (Work It), and Zach Shaffer (Six Feet Under) join previously announced Jonathan Kite (2 Broke Girls) in The Nerd at George Street Playhouse, April 24 - May 20. Hayden Bercy (National Tour, A Christmas Story, The Musical) rounds out the ensemble cast.
by Dennis Foon
New Kid is the story of an immigrant family from a fictitious place called "Homeland." When the family arrives in America, they discover a new culture and unexpected prejudice against Homelanders. This clever play has the Homelanders speaking English, and the Americans speak a made-up gibberish language, allowing the audience to understand what it is like to be overwhelmed by a new language and new customs. New Kid remains the Touring Theatre's most successful program, addressing racism, prejudice, peer pressure, and conflict resolution. New Kid asks students to explore issues of: moving to a new place, being the outsider, making and keeping friends. New Kid is a excellent presentation for new student orientations, Back to School Nights, multi-cultural celebrations, conflict resolution programs, and school themes such as bullying, respect, and tolerance.
Appropriate for Grades K-6
Length: 60 minutes
"George Street Playhouse does it again! New Kid addresses prejudice and bullying in ways with which students can identify and understand."
- Teacher, Copper Hill School, Ringoes, NJ
"New Kid was an entertaining and unique vehicle to really give the majority of our students an idea of what non-English speaking students have to deal with."
- Teacher, Littlebrook School, Princeton, NJ
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