History Boys by Alan Bennett
Directed By Jen McMorrow ‘14
Thursday – Saturday February 23-25, 2012 8pm
Presented by Masque and Gown
An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form (or senior) boys in a British boys’ school are, as such boys will be, in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university, generally in that order. In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused, by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes undefined ways, and a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling. In The History Boys, Alan Bennett evokes the special period and place that the sixth form represents in an English boy’s life. In doing so, he raises–with gentle wit and pitch-perfect command of character–not only universal questions about the nature of history and how it is taught but also questions about the purpose of education today.
Ticket info: Tickets required—$1 with Bowdoin Student ID, $3 general public. Tickets available at the Smith Union information desk (207-725-3375), and immediately before the show at the Memorial Hall box office. Free tickets for members of the Association of Bowdoin Friends, available at the McLellan Building (207-725-3253).
Funded by Student Activities Funding Committee