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The Assignment

From 72 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

About the show

Houses on the Moon Theater Company and Rhymes Over Beats present the world premiere of this play about an English professor who is shaken when a student’s personal essay reopens long-buried wounds. More…

'The Assignment' was inspired by the friendship between two individuals brought together by storytelling workshops facilitated by Houses on the Moon: a woman who founded a youth violence prevention program after her teenage son was murdered, and a man who served 17 years in prison for manslaughter. Though a fictionalization, the play was born from a mother’s desire to understand what caused another to take her son’s life, and a man’s need to express remorse. The play explores the long-term emotional toll of violence from both sides of the gun barrel, and the struggle to forgive others and ourselves.

Member Reviews (72)


Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

Phony, Contrived, Poorly plotted, Infuriating

See it if you can be emotionally manipulated even by a story that's poorly structured and makes no sense.

Don't see it if you respect good plotting (see below). You believe in fairness or karma. You want to believe that higher education serves a noble purpose.

Also It's a 75-minute play in which both characters' big secrets aren't rev... Read more Read less

Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Banal, Insipid

See it if you like supporting young theater companies.

Don't see it if you're looking for strong writing, nuanced acting, or new/though-provoking content (you'll find none of that in this show).

April 22nd, 2017
“Socially relevant and thought-provoking, profoundly heartrending and often funny…Directed with balance and compassion by Weiner, the compelling two-hander considers the issues of guilt, remorse, and second chances, understanding and forgiveness…Profoundly moving performances by Betancourt and Ka...
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