Independent Study


Written by Ben Gassman, Directed by Ran Xia

(The Tank)


Independent Study traces the unlikely friendship of a first-generation college student and her former professor, each struggling privately with a brother's radical choice and the onslaught of the internet’s opinions. The play grapples with tribal allegiance, tribal violence, as well as digital hate and its repercussions in physical space. Simultaneously it explores the limits of teaching and the burning insistence of the best students to make classroom ideas manifest in the world. Photos by Asya Gorovits.


Kelly Bartnik and Andrea Negrete in Independent Study. Photo by Asya Gorovits.



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