Those Who Can, Do
by Brighde Mullins
Directed by Laura Kepley
Assistant Director: Katie Meister
Anne Marie has an epiphany on the subway when she reads this poster: “No One Ever Remembered a Great Accountant: TEACH.” She quickly decides to ditch her lucrative advertising career, and dreams of pursuing a more meaningful life of teaching inner-city high school students. But despite her over-qualifications, a lack of teaching credits lands her at Staten Island Community College. Armed with enthusiasm, she throws herself into her work, but an insanely unruly student and an indifferent department begin to upend all of her good intentions. How long can she hold out?
Time that is intolerant
Of the brave and innocent
And indifferent, in a week
To a beautiful physique
Worships language and forgives
Everyone by whom it lives
What, in the end, makes advertising so superior to criticism? Not what the moving neon sign says- but the fiery pool reflecting it in the asphalt.
Love set you going like a fat gold watch.
– Sylvia Plath
Brighde Mullins (Playwright). Plays include Monkey in the Middle, Fire Eater, Topographical Eden, Pathological Venus, Meatless Friday, and Baby Hades. Brighde’s plays have been produced in London, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco and appear in various anthologies such as Lucky Thirteen (University of Nevada Press). Brighde’s poems appear in The Best of the Best American Peotry edited by Harold Bloom and A.R. Ammons. Her chapbook of poems Water Stories is from Slapering Hol Press (2003). Honors include a Whiting Foundation Award, the Will Glickman Award, an NEA Fellowship, a Mabou Mines residency, and the Jane Chambers Award. Brighde holds MFAs from the Yale School of Drama, and the Iowa Writers Workshop. She is a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard and will return to teach at Brown in the fall.