Karen Sklaire: Ripple of Hope
Studio TheaterSun, Jul 16, 2017 5:00 PM Event Date Passed
Run Time:1h 30min
Category:Live Events

After being named Broadway World’s “ best of “ Rhode Island 2016 ,a sold out run at the New York International Fringe Festival, and Best of the Festival/Audience Favorite at the Flying Solo Festival former South Bronx public school drama teacher Karen Sklaires, RIPPLE OF HOPE: One Teachers Journey to Make an Impact will debut at The Dreamland on July 16 at 5pm. Sklaire is currently a drama teacher in Manhattan,  and the show chronicles her trials and tribulations as an advocate of the arts in the citys public school system.


Directed by Padraic Lillis (2013 Fringe NYC Overall Excellence Award-winner for Best Director for Bully, and 2013 Indie Theater Now Person of the Year), RIPPLE OF HOPE was named the “Best of Washington DCs Capital Fringe Festival” and voted “Best Performance” by DC Metro this past July.

In RIPPLE OF HOPE, a young idealist from Connecticut, inspired by ‘teacher-as-heromovies, begins her career teaching drama in the South Bronx. In this autobiographical solo show, Karen navigates her way through the troubled NYC school system as she struggles to engage her challenging students with everything from ‘gangstaimprovs to a rap version of ‘Annie. Her dedication to her students and her desire to make a difference impels her to find a way to please an ever-changing administration in order to keep her job. She will soon realize that in a world of budget cuts, rubber rooms and the common core, the question is not “whats wrong with me?” but, rather, “whats wrong with this system?”

Karen Sklaire is an award winning actress, singer and comedienne who has toured the country with Theatreworks/USA and has been featured Off-Broadway at The Promenade Theatre, Town Hall, and The Soho Playhouse and The Film Forum in Orson Welle’s “Too Much Johnson”.  She has performed standup comedy in clubs throughout NYC and has hosted such comedians as Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) and Colin Quinn, as well as touring with comedian Rob Bartlett and the Bartletts. She has appeared on Saturday Night Live, In the Mix and on The Imus in the Morning Show. She was honored at The Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Gala for her work in theatre, and dedication to human rights education.

RIPPLE OF HOPE will be performed on July 16 at 5pm followed by a short talk back.