"Her writing is funny, self-effacing, heartbreaking and enlightening. ....Sklaire is a fireball of wit, talent, energy and earnestness....she masterfully moves from physical theatre, to dance, to song, to stand up comedy to create her magical classroom." - NYTheatreGuide.com
“Looking for a piece that will change hearts and minds? Check out Ripple of Hope.” – DC Theatre Scene
“Sklaire does a fine job of personalizing her students with affection, humor, and ultimately, hope.” – MD Theatre Guide
“A breezy, whirlwind tour of the absurdities and dysfunction of New York’s public schools” – MD Theatre Guide
A young idealist from Connecticut, inspired by teacher-as-hero movies, begins her career teaching drama in the South Bronx. In this autobiographical solo show, Karen navigates her way through the troubled NYC school system as she struggles to engage her challenging students with everything from ‘gangsta’ improvs to a rap version of ‘Annie’. Her dedication to the her students and her desire to make a difference impels her to find a way to please an ever- changing administration in order to keep her job. She will soon realize that in a world of budget cuts, rubber rooms, and the common core the question is not “what’s wrong with me?” but, rather, “ what’s wrong with this system”?