THROWING DARTS IN TRAFFIC: TEACHING IN AMERICA
"Howard Egger-Bovet’s performance piece “Throwing Darts in Traffic” could be titled “Chiaroscuro,” and its subtitle “Teaching in America” could be “Living in the World.” This tragicomedy is a remarkable commentary on nothing less than the human condition—on our universal experience of darkness and light, frustration and hope, anger and joy.
Egger-Bovet, portraying the Everyman Teacher, delivers it all with an astounding poignancy and power. A tour de force filled with laughter yet punctuated with tears.
Consider these lines from the Teacher’s lament: “Why do I do what I do? Because I see lights going on.”
“Happiness is to teach when you’re crying.” “Students are both a joy and a pain.” In one pivotal scene, the woebegone Teacher is balled on the floor, filled with despair yet consoled with hope as “passions and fears bump into one another.”
Egger-Bovet brings to dramatic life the insight long ago of English poet William Blake: “We were made for joy and woe, and when this we rightly know, through the world we safely go.”
In a final soliloquy, the Teacher contemplates the coming end-of-term and muses: “I see light at the end of the tunnel. Why not have light throughout the tunnel?” Then, as if in a closing benediction, the Teacher imagines his legacy (recalling perhaps the promise of Immanuel or maybe Tom Joad): “For better or worse, I am with you forever and forever. Wherever you go, I will be with you.”
This is a performance not to be missed.
James Rawls, Author, Historian
"Throwing Darts in Traffic" is a robust one-man play that takes a hard look at a subject generally ignored by playwrights, education in America. It may be the fastest paced one-man show ever. Punctuated with original and often touching songs, the comedy/drama takes us inside the life of a teacher who is both devoted to his calling and rapidly approaching burn-out. Anyone who is or has ever been a teacher or a student, which pretty much covers all of us, will find something to relish or regret in this surprising little show."
Darrell Ponicsan, Author/Screenwriter of such notable works as The Last Detail and Cinderella Liberty
"Why do we take teachers for granted? Why do we not hear their pain? How can we as parents negate the responsibility for bringing up our children and leave it on the shoulders of teachers? Why is disciplining a child a thing of the past? Why is self-esteem more important that acceptable behavior? What happened to manners? Never mind manners, what happened to respect? Is this a Victorian concept?
I see it from a distance and can easily turn away. My kids are grown. Howard sees it up close and personal and the pain is palpable. He must reflect the feelings of so many. Teachers in the audience laughed harder than the rest of us and surely from that awareness of being in that same place and with the same degree of frustration. But it wasn’t really funny. It was sad. It was disturbing. It made me feel guilty for all those distracted parents, who care and yet don’t. Are they really so unaware of their role, their obligation, their accountability and lack thereof?
I don’t know the answer. I don’t know how you turn the tide. But I feel that Howard’s message needs to be heard, broadcasted, spread like a virus and I commend him for speaking out this way – a way that few could emulate in such a powerful way. Find a bigger audience Mr. Egger-Bovet. Many will understand the need.
Vivien Whittington, Editor Kids Scoop
"Throwing Darts in Traffic' is a timely, provocative and sometimes hilarious play about teachers and the educational dilemmas of our time. Dramatic scenarios mixed with music and songs make for surprisingly profound and emotional theater.
This is a play that will inspire you to pay homage to all the teachers who devote their lives to educating our children as well as
being concerned about the challenges that educators face every day in the classrooms of America."
Francis Arnold, Artist