How I Learned To Stop Being...

Play #: 2184
Pages: 36 pgs
Cast: 5 m, 7 w, 4 flexible. Some doubling possible.
Forget the school yard bully! There's always one teacher who can intimidate us! Will, an average high school freshman, used to love going to school…until he stumbled upon the terror of gym class under the formidable Mr. Breakwater's rule. Will's coddling mother and nervous wreck of a father (who hides out in the bathtub) are worried. Will's friends, who call themselves the Geek Squad, want to devise a plan to take Mr. Breakwater down. Can Will find a way to stop being afraid of his gym teacher? With a romance novel-obsessed principal, a jock chorus, and an unorthodox child psychologist, "How I Learned to Stop Being Afraid of My Gym Teacher" is a hilarious comedy with a touching and poignant ending.
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Productions

Mount Pleasant Middle School 2 Performance(s)
Concord, NC 10/18/2018
PHILIP HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
PHILIP, SD 1/14/2018
MICKLE MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LINCOLN, NE 11/30/2017
LITCHVILLE - MARION SCHOOL DIS 2 Performance(s)
LITCHVILLE, ND 10/28/2017
LITCHVILLE - MARION SCHOOL DIS 1 Performance(s)
LITCHVILLE, ND 10/26/2017
LANCASTER SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
LANCASTER, MN 4/21/2017
NEW PROVIDENCE MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CLARKSVILLE, TN 11/20/2016
WATFORD CITY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
WATFORD CITY, ND 11/17/2016
KING GEORGE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
KING GEORGE, VA 10/31/2016
MURDOCK HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
WINCHENDON, MA 3/27/2015
WORCESTER TECHNICAL H.S. 2 Performance(s)
WORCESTER, MA 3/26/2015
WEBBER MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
FORT COLLINS, CO 12/3/2014
FALLS CITY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
FALLS CITY, NE 11/29/2014
FLORENCE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
FLORENCE, SC 10/22/2014
CRESTON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CRESTON, IA 4/25/2014
LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
RED LAKE FALLS, MN 1/29/2014
EDMONSON COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BROWNSVILLE, KY 5/15/2013
JEFFERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SAN ANTONIO, TX 2/15/2013
JAWBONE PLAYER 2 Performance(s)
HARLOWTON, MT 8/18/2012
JOHNSON-WILLIAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BERRYVILLE, VA 6/4/2012
CGHS DRAMA 1 Performance(s)
CLARION, IA 5/15/2012
PALACIOS HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PALACIOS, TX 5/11/2012
NEW PROVIDENCE MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CLARKSVILLE, TN 4/11/2012
WACHTER MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BISMARCK, ND 3/8/2012
CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
O FALLON , MO 3/2/2012
GROVES HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
BEVERLY HILLS, MI 1/12/2012
MINDEN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MINDEN, NE 11/14/2011
TERRA COTTA MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
LAKE ELSINORE, CA 10/28/2011
WOLFORD PUBLIC SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
WOLFORD, ND 10/28/2011
CHERRY CREEK SCHOOL DIST 2 Performance(s)
AURORA, CO 10/15/2011
STAPLETON HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
STAPLETON, NE 10/15/2011

Behind The Scenes

Playwright Bobby Keniston Talks About

"How I Learned to Stop Being Afraid of My Gym Teacher"

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A: I was inspired to write this play because I feel concern over the problem of bullying in schools. I was bullied myself at times growing up, and it is something you never truly forget. However, I was also trying to make the point that sometimes even teachers can be bullies, whether they realize it or not, and even if it comes from a place of trying to help.

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

A: That's tough. I love the Principal Puffin scene and the Dr. Brattigan scene, but I would have to say that my favorite scene is Will's scene with Mr. Breakwater. And my favorite line is when Mr. Breakwater looks at the photo of himself when he was a kid and says, “I'm sorry.� I like this scene a lot as a whole, because Will doesn't choose to blackmail or intimidate Mr. Breakwater, even though through the rest of the play he talks about “bringing down Breakwater.� In this scene, Mr. Breakwater becomes a human being to Will. I'm proud of Will for not becoming a bully, but regains his power by by standing up for himself.

Q:WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM?

A: I must admit that the character of Will reminds me a little of me when I was younger. My friends and I were certainly a bit of a “Geek Squad.� Fortunately, I never had a gym teacher as brutal as Mr. Breakwater, but I did often feel uncomfortable in gym class. Characters like Dad, Mrs. Puffin, and Dr. Brattigan were just fun to write, strictly from my imagination.

Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

A: I tried to tackle a serious topic (bullying) in a humorous way and without being “preachy.� I tried to show that we're all human beings at the end of the day, and that sometimes people just forget who they are and who they're not.

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?

A: Only that I had a great time writing this play. I hope that people will find the humor and heart in it, and enjoy performing it as much as I enjoyed writing it.