One Humanity Tour
The One Humanity Tour is a free, professional touring program for middle school students. In 2017, the 6th grade tour, Swagger by Eric Coble, performed for over 6,000 students at 18 middle schools. The One Humanity Tour program is a world premiere project created exclusively for The School District of Palm Beach County. Swagger is a compelling story told in a “direct address” style by three characters: Jordan, an 8th-grade student, Daniel, a police officer, and Leela, a small business owner. Their lives intersect in a gripping moment captured on video, and the story is articulated by multiple perspectives. A moment-to-moment, detailed synopsis is included in the Teacher Resource Guide. This program was designed to use storytelling to develop informed, thoughtful, and compassionate citizens, and provides a thoughtful discussion about cause and effect and empathy for others. A free touring play for 7th grade students is currently in development.
"[Principal] Ann [Clark] loved Palm Beach Dramaworks’ presentation and the kids are still talking about it."Sheryl Beach - Polo Park Middle School The One Humanity Tour is now booking school-day performances for Fall 2019! The tour played to over 11,500 6th-grade students in the past two years, and the performance is now available to all school district public middle schools.
- The school-day tour is for your full 6th grade
- Touring dates are: September 4 – October 4, 2019
- The performance and post-show discussion are 55 minutes in total
- Morning or afternoon performance times are available
- Larger schools may wish to schedule two performances within a single day
- We use your space, and bring the play to you
- Booking dates and times are on a first come, first served basis
- Technical requirements are simple: a clear playing space and two electrical outlets. We bring all of our own equipment. More details are provided after booking
- This tour is free due to a generous grant from Impact the Palm Beaches
- Includes a Teacher Resource Guide in the Marzano framework with extension activities
About the Tour:
The One Humanity Tour is an important multi-faceted program supporting SEL Standards. Eric Coble’s engaging play, Swagger, and the activities in the accompanying Teacher Resource Guide deliver the following topics safely and directly to your students:
- Making responsible decisions
- Demonstrating empathy and awareness
- Considering multiple perspectives
- Demonstrating self-discipline
- Delaying self-gratification
- Demonstrating effective coping skills when confronting a problem
- Creating relationships with adults/authority figures that are respectful
- Showing cause and effect
The One Humanity Tour program is a project created exclusively for The School District of Palm Beach County. Written by Broadway playwright Eric Coble, Swagger is a compelling story told in a “direct address” style by three characters: Jordan (an 8th-grade student), Daniel (a police officer), and Leela (a small business owner). Their lives intersect in a gripping moment captured on video, and the story is articulated by multiple perspectives. A moment-to-moment, detailed synopsis is included in the Teacher Resource Guide. This program was designed to use storytelling to develop informed, thoughtful, and compassionate citizens, and provides a thoughtful discussion about cause and effect and empathy for others.
Palm Beach Dramaworks is a professional, not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to enhance the quality of life through the transformative power of live theatre. The One Humanity Tour is free to all schools, and is funded by a generous grant from Impact the Palm Beaches. A free touring play for 7th-grade students is currently in development.
Response from educators: "Thank you for coming to our school and delivering an important message, in such a beautiful and creative way." Ruby Alcazar - Osceola Creek Middle School
"Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity to share the opening of Swagger with TCS! The kids enjoyed the play, the message, and the opportunity to share their thoughts." Teresa Stoupas, Principal - The Conservatory School
Response from students: "The show was inspirational to me because I know some people who want to do the same thing the actors did, and the show was great and had very intelligent actors." T.F. Pahokee Middle School
"The play changed my thoughts about incidents caught on videos." A.D. - Roosevelt Middle School
Response from police officers:
"Using a play to get important messages across to the students was brilliant. The nearly 500 students remained attentive the entire time and were eager to interact when called upon.We are honored that you asked for our participation." Chief Stephen J. Stepp, Palm Beach Gardens Police