This Gonna Be on the Test, Miss?
“This Gonna Be on the Test, Miss?” is a solo show ripped from Ronna's 20 years teaching Remedial English in community college classrooms both in Los Angeles and New York City. “This Gonna Be on The Test, Miss?” is also a self-portrait of transformation. As an aspiring actress who takes this part time teaching position until she can pick up more waitressing shifts or land an acting gig, Ronna is profoundly changed by her LA students, hungry to learn despite their complex and chaotic lives. Ronna finds her purpose, her voice, and realizes who she really is in a role she was meant to play. Moving back home to NYC, she resumes a relationship she abandoned for the stage and screen; continues her performances, now academic; and fights to raise awareness and give voice to a population that is virtually voiceless.
My Inspiration: Los Angeles Community College
Tyler Spicer (Director)
Tyler Spicer is a NYC based Director for Theatre and Film. He is currently directing LADY M, a new adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Other Directing credits include: PharmaBro (Off-Broadway), This Gonna Be On The Test, Miss? (Tour), an immersive adaptation of Salome, Medea Abridged (Adpt. by Tyler Spicer), and Jack and Jill (Samuel French Festival).
Tyler co-created and directs Madame Mathieu's Soiree, a recurring avant-garde variety, which has featured and developed the work of over 30 broadway professionals and 150 emerging artists. Spicer is also the producer for the Soiree's Donovan Residencies: two six-month-long comprehensive development opportunities for emerging experimental artists. Biography by Broadway.com
Caite Hevner Kemp (Projections)
Caite Hevner is a theatrical designer based in NYC. Her designs have been seen on Broadway, off-Broadway, across the United States, and internationally. Caite is a proud member of USA829, where she serves as co-chair of the Respectful Workplace Committee and of the Accountability Taskforce, and has served on Broadway, off-Broadway, and LORT negotiating committees. http://caitedesign.com
Elishiba Ittoop (Sound Design)
Elishiba is a osund designer, composer and audio producer. Her latest audio design project is Richard III at Shakespeare in the Park (Public Theater) (Dir: Robert O’Hara) in June 2022. https://elisheba-ittoop.squarespace.com
DC Theatre Arts
Best of the Capital Fringe | 2014
"...performed powerfully and hilariously... vibrant and hauntingly beautiful... If you are a teacher-you’ll love it!"- by Marlene Hall
FringeNYC | 2016
"an engaging and illuminating self-portrait about finding one’s true calling in the most unexpected of places. By all counts, that’s win/win/win—not just for her, but for her students and audiences as well." - by Deb Miller
Community Colleges Are Often Ridiculed. This One-Woman Show Prods Us to Value Their Students More.
"I feel so privileged to get to be with these students. I want audience members who might never interact with newcomers or low-income people to come away with an appreciation for them. This is a student population that is typically invisible and my goal is to change that, to give them a voice and a presence."
- by Eleanor J. Bader
Inside Higher Ed
“Levy said in an interview that her show sought to bring attention to ‘a population that is virtually voiceless, and a venue that is invisible.’ Kevin Menard, who teaches high school in northern Virginia, said the show accurately reflected the tribulations of teaching underprivileged students.” - by Charlie Tyson
Flying Solo! Presents
"She (Levy) stands and delivers her often funny, sometimes anguished, ultimately uplifting memories. These re-enactments, reinforced by rear wall projections, take us back to her teaching days in high school and junior college. What separated this from other school-themed comedy/dramas is Levy's unwavering sincerity and wit. At times, audience members instinctively raise their hands in what has become a classroom without walls. Definitely a solid A+!"