Ms. Catherine Borek Teacher and Director of the Play
With no budget and no stage, Ms. Borek
chooses "Our Town" for its universal and timeless themes of community, family, love and loss, life and death, with the hope that her
students might see themselves reflected in the roles they play.
The student actors have a hard time relating to the material at first, due to the striking differences in time, place, and ethnicity.
But Ms. Borek, and her co-director Ms. Karen Greene, motivate them to update "Our Town" and make it relevant to their friends and family, who they hope will attend the performance.
Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy first met Catherine Borek at a party in Los Angeles in 1998.
When Catherine and co-director Karen Greene showed it to the kids, they became even more resistant to the notion that an all-white town of a century ago had anything to do with Compton in 2000.
At that point, Catherine
and Ms. Greene with the students to modernize the play, to bring more of themselves and Compton
to Grover's Corners.
Catherine Borek - Teacher/Director - began teaching at Dominguez High School when she was assigned a two-year commitment there by Teach for America in 1996.
Seven years later, she
is still in love with her
job and would not think of leaving.
Following "Our Town," Catherine
has put on a play with her
students every year - "Stand and Deliver" (2001), "The Outsiders" 2002), and "Inherit The Wind" (2003).
"I'll probably go into teaching like Borek
, which I think is a wonderful thing to do with my life."