The first in George F Walker’s new series, “After Class,” Parents Night is a scathing, bold and hilarious look at the inside of an elementary school classroom. Turning his incisive eye towards the crumbling education system, Walker finds an exciting new arena for the trademark characters that only he can create -- flawed, dynamic, and fully human. John, heartbroken and humiliated by a recent betrayal, arrives at his son’s classroom for parent’s night to find Nicole, an over worked educator on the brink, no longer content to dole out platitudes when it comes to her students and how certain she is that their parents are screwing them up. Enter Rosie, another parent, who exists so far outside John’s upper middle class bubble that she calls into question everything he thought he knew and believed. As the story erupts in real time, John, Rosie & Nicole find themselves unraveling. Secrets are revealed, their pre-conceptions of one another fall away, and what’s left are three damaged, fully human individuals on the brink. A teacher, trying to do her best under impossible circumstances, a father, trying not to let his anger and pain consume his son, and a mother, hoping that her own mistakes don’t spell the fate of her daughter.
The second in George F Walker’s new series, “After Class,” The Bigger Issue turns its eye towards the fragile ecosystem of a Junior High classroom and the volatile intersection of poverty, violence, mental health, and an education system bursting at the seams, all through the voices of some of Walker’s most unique and exciting characters yet. Suzy is a young teacher trying to do her best under the watchful eye of Irene, a principal caught between the needs of the students and the demands of an out-of-touch administration. After a troubling incident with a student, Suzy and Irene are forced to confront the student’s parents, Maggie and Jack -- a couple trying to do the best for their son under what could only be described as very upsetting circumstances. As the story unfolds in real time, Suzy and Irene are forced to question all the rules and regulations they’ve been expected to follow blindly as educators, while Maggie and Jack’s whole reality starts to crumble around them as they desperately try to hold on to the only thing that really matters to them -- their son and his well being.