Student Matinees

Student Matinees

2019/20 Season

Student Matinees are special weekday morning performances of plays that MTC produces each season. MTC’s Student Matinees and Study Guides align with California VAPA and Common Core Educational Standards. Each performance is followed by a Q&A with a member of our education staff. Tickets to these performances are $15 per student and free to accompanying teachers and chaperones. A limited amount of financial aid is available; please inquire when booking.

by Mary Kathryn Nagle

Dates: October 8, 10, and 15 at 11:00 AM

Recommended for Grades 8 and up

Sarah Ridge Polson, a young Cherokee lawyer fighting to restore her Nation’s jurisdiction, confronts the ever-present ghosts of her grandfathers. With shadows stretching from 1830s Cherokee Nation (now present-day Georgia) through Andrew Jackson’s Oval Office, along the fateful Trail of Tears, to the Cherokee Nation in present-day Oklahoma—Sovereignty travels the powerful intersections of personal and political truths; bridging our country’s distant past and imminent future.

Mother of the Maid | WEST COAST PREMIERE
by Jane Anderson

Dates: November 21 and December 3 at 11:00 AM

Recommended for Grades 7 and up

Isabelle Arc is a sensible, hard-working, God-fearing woman. Her headstrong daughter, on the other hand, communes with Saint Catherine, dons men’s clothing and prepares to lead the French army into battle. Motherhood in the fifteenth century is not easy. In her riveting new play, Jane Anderson reimagines Joan of Arc’s epic tale through the eyes of her mother. Isabelle follows the baffling journey of her odd and extraordinary daughter with a mother’s loving persistence—facing her own upended fears and faith along the way.

by Heather Raffo

Dates: January 21, 23, and 28 at 11:00 AM

Recommended for Grades 8 and up

Eight years after fleeing their home in Iraq, Noura and her family celebrate Christmas, and their new life, in New York City. But when the arrival of a visitor stirs up long-buried memories, Noura and her husband are forced to confront the cost of their choices; the past they left behind. Inspired by stories from Arab-American women and created in response to Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Heather Raffo’s Noura charts the intricate pathways of motherhood and marriage—and the fragile architecture of what we call home. 

by Kate Cortesi

Dates: March 17, 19, and 24 at 11:00 AM

Recommended for Grades 9 and up 

When Penelope is approached about joining a group of women making harassment allegations against her former boss, she finds herself at an uncomfortable crossroads—the man accused was a former lover and remains a dear friend. As the women’s stories unfold, Penelope questions what happened to her, what she enabled, and her very identity. Loveexamines what accountability looks like when an abuser of power is one of our favorite men, and poses a radical question: Can we place love at the center of these reckonings?

Botticelli in the Fire | WEST COAST PREMIERE
by Jordan Tannahill

Dates: May 5, 7, and 12 at 11:00 AM

Recommended for Grades 9 and up 

Fifteenth-century painter Sandro Botticelli is devoted to beauty, sensuality, and pleasure; a devotion tested by the arrival of a conservative priest in Florence, leading a populist revolution. When Botticelli’s full-throttle, decadent ways catch up to him, will the famed artist sacrifice his work...or the life of his young apprentice Leonardo Da Vinci? From award-winning Canadian playwright, Jordan Tannahill, comes a searing and ambitious story that sets our present political moment ablaze.

HOW TO BOOK: To book tickets for you and your students, please contact MTC’s Director of Education via email,