By Nilaja Sun

September 24–November 8, 2020
Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre
For these overlooked teens, theatre is an expression of hope

Provocative and insightful, No Child... transports the audience to the underfunded Malcolm X High School in the Bronx, where an intrepid substitute drama teacher refuses to give up on a group of at-risk students—despite their hardened attitudes and tough-talking attempts to push her away. This play within a play, with 16 characters portrayed by one actor in a tour-de-force performance, is a powerful reminder of the transformative role of the arts in our lives.

Celia Aloma performances
Matinees: Sep 24, 25, 27; Oct 4–9, 11, 18–21, 23, 25; Nov 1, 6, 8
Evenings: Sep 27–30; Oct 1, 2, 4, 11, 13–16, 18, 25, 28–30; Nov 1

Ali Watson performances
Matinees: Sep 26, 28–30; Oct 1–3, 10, 13–17, 24, 28, 29, 31; Nov 7
Evenings: Sep 24–26; Oct 3, 5–10, 17, 19, 20, 22–24; Nov 2, 4–7

Running time: approx. 65 minutes (no intermission)

Available with the Fall Theatre Trio Package.

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    No Child… recorded stream Oct 1–Nov 8
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Artistic Team


  1. Celia Aloma and Ali Watson


  1. Omari Newton Director
  2. Kimira Reddy and Vanka Salim Set Designers
  3. Carmen Alatorre Costume Designer
  4. Gerald King Lighting Designer
  5. Owen Belton Sound Designer
  6. Harika Xu Lighting Assistant
  7. Raugi Yu Livestream Director
  8. Jack Wallace Accent Coach
  9. Pamela Jakobs and Jenny Kim Stage Managers
  10. Duston Baranow-Watts and Jasmin Sandhu Apprentice Stage Managers


NO CHILD… Spotify Playlist

Immerse yourself in the sounds of No Child… and listen to the show’s Spotify Playlist! The playlist is composed of songs chosen by the cast and creative team of No Child…

Source: Spotify
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Contemporary Playwrights of Color: Nilaja Sun

The site is created and compiled by students in the NYU Steinhardt Educational Theatre course called “American Theatre II: Contemporary Playwrights of Color.” The website is expanded each semester that the course is offered, so…

Source: NYU Steinhardt Educational Theatre
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Interview with Ali & Celia

The Vancouver Sun’s Shawn Conner interviews Ali Watson and Celia Aloma about their return to live performance in No Child…

Source: The Vancouver Sun
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Nilaja Sun MiniDoc

In this short documentary by Alexander Morelli for Franklin & Marshall College, Nilaja Sun discusses her education and the thrill of receiving an honorary doctorate from her Alma Mater.

Source: Franklin & Marshall College
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