No Child...

By Nilaja Sun
Directed by Chika Ike

AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 23, 2018

Richard Christiansen Theater at Victory Gardens
2433 N. Lincoln Ave

About the show

Named after the controversial No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, No Child... seeks to shed a light on the deep inequalities in America’s public education system and the multitude of ways it has failed our young people. Set inside the fictional Malcolm X High School in the Bronx, No Child... follows Ms. Sun, a hopeful young teaching artist tasked with leading a boisterous class of sophomores in a performance of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good. Teaching theatre is not easy, and Ms. Sun must learn to navigate teenage angst, timid teachers and overworked administrators as she works to build a play and a community amongst her students.

No Child... is an insightful, hilarious and touching exploration of the New York City public school system by acclaimed actress and playwright, Nilaja Sun that aims to capture the life and love that exists in the classroom and the absurd struggles that educators and students face on a day to day basis.


$10 tickets to performance Aug 31 -Sept 23 but they must show a Student ID (Limit 1 per ID)

Cultural Industry 
$15 tickets to preview performances Aug 31 - Sept 2 and Thurs and Sun performances Sept 6 -23

The Cast 

Adia Alli
Lawren Carter
Kirsten Chan
debrah neal
Victor Musoni
Netta Walker


* Denotes Definition Theatre ensemble member

The Production team

Director - Chika Ike
Assistant Director - Martasia Jones
Scenic Designer - Therese Richie
Costume Designer - Alexis Chaney
Co-Lighting Designer - Slick Jorgensen*
Co-Lighting Designer - Kevin Pelz
Sound Designer - Matt Test
Properties Designer - Jimmy Jagos
Technical Director - Evan Frank
Production Manager - Sarah Collonge
Producer - Clyde C. Compton*
Dramaturg - Jared Bellot*
Stage Manager - Alexandra Oparka
Assistant Stage Manager - Sofia Fey