The OKC Bombing Project – High School Edition
THE OKC BOMBING PROJECT – HIGH SCHOOL EDITION
IN APRIL 2015, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the OKC bombing, Oklahoma City University presented The 20th Anniversary Oklahoma City Bombing Project, written by the award-winning British playwright Steve Gilroy.
This original play was based on interviews with family members of victims, survivors, local officials and more than 35 first responders.
OCU students, faculty, Gilroy and the commissioning producer of the project, OCU Associate Dean of Theatre Brian Parsons, conducted the personal interviews that form the foundation of the play.
Dean Parsons had a vision for the play beyond the April 2015 production. Working with the playwright, the original creative team and students from the OCU BFA in Theatre for Young Audiences program he developed a high school education package that includes an abridged version of the original script; a documentary produced by OCU about the making of the play; and a study guide that includes the materials students and high school teachers need to research, rehearse, and create their own production of this moving and inspiring piece of documentary theatre.
The Study Guide has also been designed to encourage teachers to use the script of The Oklahoma City Bombing Project in class as part of a unit of study, and support those teachers by including activities that align with Oklahoma Academic Standards; in addition, the Study Guide is also for those teachers who will be taking students to see a production of the play, and can be used both before and after their students see the play. The Pre-Show and Post-Show activities in the Study Guide are multi-disciplinary; there are activities that support Science standards, Mathematics standards, Music standards, English Language Arts standards (including the reading foundations, writing process, and multimodal literacies), Social Studies standards, Visual Arts standards, technology education, information literacy, health/safety education, and the Oklahoma Drama/Theatre Learner Outcomes Grades Nine Through Twelve, as well as the National Core Arts Standards in Theatre.
Please submit your name, position, and high school to request a script and study guide by emailing Angela Polk @ email@example.com.
“The overwhelming message that comes from everybody interviewed for this project is the regeneration of the city as the background,” Gilroy said. “But I think in the end, it is going to be about these very powerful individual stories that when woven together are going to create quite a much bigger human story about recovery.”