October 3rd, 2020: EXIT STRATEGY BY IKE HOLTER
[Holter] has a gift for sharp characterization
- Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
At once poetic, political, sad, funny, timely, complex and compassionate, Ike Holter's thrilling, beautiful new play Exit Strategy is.... a riveting 90 minutes.
- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
Curious where Exit Strategy has been and what it has looked like in production during non-pandemic times? Find critical reviews, production photos, and select scene clips (including--fair warning--spoilers!) here:
Tumbldn High School is scheduled to be shuttered and demolished, its students bused to other neighborhoods--unless... The teachers navigate daily challenges and the looming change with humor, heart, frustration, and hope that they can make a difference in their neighborhood.
Exit Strategy, the second play in Ike Holter's Rightlynd saga, focuses on public education. Though the play premiered and is set in a pre-COVID world in 2014, Phase Eight's remote rehearsal and stream of this one-location play over ZOOM is a poignant reminder of how educators and students recently adapted to remote learning--and how hard they work constantly in the face of challenges and changes.
Ike Holter is a 2017 winner of the Windham-Campbell Prize, one of the highest awards for playwriting in the world. Holter has been a resident playwright at Victory Gardens Theater and commissioned by The Kennedy Center, South Coast Rep and The Playwrights' Center. His work has been produced across the country from Goodman and Steppenwolf in Chicago to the Lily Tomlin Center in LA to Primary Stages off-Broadway.