Exception to the Rule

Winner of the 2015 Yale Playwrights Festival

by Dave Harris '16

Poster of Exception to the Rule

The Black Waiting for Godot. Five high school students are stuck in detention on the Friday before a long weekend. They are all regulars in this system. Business is as usual until Erika, the college bound all-star of the worst high school in the city, shows up to her very first detention. As the play progresses, we learn why each of them has been sentenced to detention. We learn the rules of this place. How do you survive here? How do you avoid consequences? How do you stay safe? What do you do when the teacher doesn’t even show up to detention? In a show produced and cast entirely by people of color, Exception to the Rule attacks the issue of surviving in an institution that was not built for you. Maybe you smoke some weed in detention. Maybe you have some sex in detention. Maybe you study hard so that you can escape detention. Maybe you wait for something to change in detention. But no matter how we survive, maybe we’re all stuck here together.

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Performance Dates & Times

November 5, 2015 - 8:00pm

November 6, 2015 - 8:00pm

November 7, 2015 - 2:00pm

November 7, 2015 - 8:00pm


Hopper Cabaret

Venue Accessibility: 
Building, main lobby, and facilities are accessible via an exterior-entry elevator just inside the Elm Street gate. Venue is accessible from the lobby via a wheelchair lift.

Patron Information

2303 Middlefield Rd.


Intercom Voice

Production Team

Costume Designer
Graphic Designer
Lighting Designer
Props Supervisor
Sound Designer
Stage Manager
Stage Manager