The staff room. That mysterious place typically forbidden to students and where teachers can let slide their authoritative personae. Ever wonder what they get up to in there? The Phoenix Players’ production of Staff Room endeavours to shed some light on the matter.
The results, while comedic at times, tend to show that even these learned administrators are subject to the same human flaws as the rest of us. As Andre Dimitrijevic mentions in his director’s notes, because many of us, perhaps in Ottawa particularly, work in offices with staff rooms likes these, places which are a kind of “sanctuary… where insiders can drop their guards or hatch plots and where new members are tested or indoctrinated.”