The Lesson

Written & Performed by Tyrone Davis, Jr.
Directed by Henry Gottfried
Music by Jorn Swart
Curated by Mayte Natalio

March 10 @ 7PM
Ars Nova | 511 W 54 St
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“She crossed a boundary. This was not in the curriculum. A parent should, perhaps, know beforehand if their child will be receiving a lesson like this.”

In responding to a young student’s question about her body, an elementary school teacher at an elite New York City school accidentally propels the school into controversy and into the press. This original solo piece details a community’s charged response to a well-intentioned lesson.

Content Warning: this show contains sexual language and descriptions of sexual behavior, and brief mention of sexual assault.


Sex Education Resources for Young People (and really, for everyone)

Sex Positive Families @sexpositive_families
Amaze @amazeparents
Talk With Your Kids
SIECUS – Sex Ed for Social Change @siecus
Planned Parenthood @plannedparenthood

Tyrone Davis, Jr. (he/him)

Tyrone Davis Jr. is a New York-based actor and musician, last seen on Broadway as ‘Ogie’ in the musical, Waitress. Other credits include: The Devil Wears Prada (World Premiere/Chicago), The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Transport Group), Invisible Thread (Second Stage), Shrek The Musical (1st Nat. Tour), How The Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe), Witness Uganda (A.R.T.), A Civil War Christmas (Baltimore Center Stage), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Crossroads Theatre Company), Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods (Portland Stage). TV: Little America (Apple TV+). In 2021, Tyrone was the opening performer for the Annual TED Talks Conference in Monterey, CA. Education: New World School of the Arts. @tyronedavisjr on Instagram. This theater-making experience is dedicated to the memory of Patrice Bailey, theater educator and friend.

Henry Gottfried (he/him)

is a theater artist based in New York City. His directing and associate directing credits include projects on Broadway and Off-Broadway, as well as NYC concerts and the development of new plays and musicals. Henry has also developed new plays as a director/collaborative dramaturg at Ojai Playwrights Conference and Hedgebrook Playwrights Festival. As an actor, he has performed in the Broadway production of WAITRESS, the national tours of BRIGHT STAR and PIPPIN, and the world premiere production of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA. Henry holds a BA in Theater Studies from Yale University.

Jorn Swart

Jorn Swart is a pianist and composer living and performing in New York City. Known for his refined playing and emotive compositions, Jazziz Magazine wrote that Swart has “mastered the art of using a single improvised line to elicit complex emotions.” Swart’s solo piano project Doeke was a breakout success on Spotify, quickly reaching over 12 million streams. Swart is also the bandleader of his unorthodox trio Malnoia; their debut self-titled album was heralded by Downbeat Magazine as “a seamless interplay of unusual sonorities, and their album Hello Future was described by Bandcamp as “one of the most captivating recordings of the year.” Malnoia has performed onstage and on national television, in the Netherlands, in Egypt, and at the Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York. Swart has also worked as a Musical Director, pianist, and recording artist for many other artists. His latest project is the website and blog Piano String Theory, where he discusses music theory, harmony, and other piano-related subjects.

Mayte Natalio (she/her)

Mayte Natalio is from NYC by way of Dominican parents. She studied at the LaGuardia H.S. for the Performing Arts and SUNY Purchase (BFA). She has performed and toured with the Parson’s Dance Company, Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Kyle Abraham’s A.I.M and Darrell Moultrie, Mylene Farmer and Kanye West. Favorite TV & Film credits include NBC’s NYE Special 2019, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon), The Get Down (Netflix), NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix) Harlem (Amazon). Favorite regional credits include Stagger Lee and Hair (Dallas Theater Center) and Aida (Ogunquit Playhouse). Off-Broadway credits include the immersive hit Queen of the Night and Third Rail Project’s The Grand Paradise. Choreography credits include The Winter’s Tale (Public Works/ DTC), Red Speedo (Juilliard), Runaways (NYU), Into the Woods(Barrington Stage), Love in Hate Nation (Two River Theater) and Measure for Measure (Public Theater/ Mobile Unit) Hair (The Old Globe) Pippin (UArts), La Hora Santa, Written, Directed and Choreographed by Mayte for Ars Nova’s Vision Residency Program, Pyer Moss’s Haute Couture Show for Paris Fashion Week 2021, Kiss My Aztec (Hartford Stage), How to Dance in Ohio (Syracuse Stage) and The Tattooed Lady (Philadelphia Theatre Company). Mayte is also the co-founder and executive producer of the production company, MinuteZero.