No Child… at Edison Sept. 21-30

The Black Rep revives acclaimed one-woman play

Patrese D. McClain stars in No Child…, portraying 16 characters of two genders and eight ethnicities.

No Child Left Behind was the signature education bill of the Bush administration.

No Child… is an award-winning one-woman play by Nilaja Sun, who spent eight years teaching in the New York City public schools. From Sept. 21-30, The Black Rep will revive its acclaimed production of this Obie Award-winning play in WUSTL’s Edison Theatre.

Patrese D. McClain

No Child… tells the story of a young dramatic arts teacher directing a play at Malcolm X High School in the Bronx,” says director Joseph Hanrahan. “It shines a light on the struggles – and miracles – that take place there.”

Chicago actress Patrese D. McClain stars in this “16-character, two-gender, eight-ethnicity extravaganza” (American Theatre), portraying the kids, teachers and parents, as well as principals, janitors and security guards.

“This emotionally involving account of an inexperienced teacher staging a theater production with a cast of student misfits contains everything we hope for when we go to theater,” writes Dennis Brown in The Riverfront Times. “It is substantive, thoughtful, hilarious.

“It is meat and potatoes and dessert all rolled into one tidy serving.”

Performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. Performances continue the following weekend, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students, and can be ordered by calling The Black Rep Box Office, (314) 534-3810, or online at

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