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Updated: Oct 17, 2022


The cast “onstage” in the gym at Watson B. Duncan Middle School on Sept. 22, 2022. The audience is 380 6th grade students.

The Palm Beach Dramaworks One Humanity Tour production of Swagger finally resumed in September after a two-year hiatus. Funded by Impact the Palm Beaches in 2017, the tour to Palm Beach district middle schools has successfully sparked conversations about personal responsibility, considering multiple perspectives, cause and effect, and delaying self gratification.

Popular with educators and administrators, the touring play, post-performance talkback, and

classroom discussion prompts give 6th grade students an opportunity to critically think through serious life lessons. The story, about a 14-year-old boy, a police officer, and a small business owner, whose lives intersect in a moment of conflict (which is also caught on video) has now performed to just over 23,000 students.

The creative team just after the performance at Duncan. From left are stage manager Caroline Castleman, actors Elias Husgafvel, Kateryn Sanchez, and Devin Riley; assistant stage manager Tyler Osgood; and seated is director Gary Cadwallader.

With Impact the Palm Beaches’ funding, together we’ve created an educational program that uses live theatre to satisfy a number of Florida State Standards, and give young people a new perspective on understanding the consequences of their actions. Now that the play, written by Broadway playwright Eric Coble, is available for licensing by Dramatic Publishing to any organization in not only North America but around the world, the impact will reach farther than ever!

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