Play-a-week Project

3-4-19

A and B are sitting at a dining room table, in front of a tablet, watching a video from Khan Academy’s Heart of Algebra SAT test prep series.

VIDEO
Remember, I’m doing that to isolate the H in this equation.

A
Isolate.

B
Isolate.

A
I love the way he says isolate.

VIDEO
So you could do it this way, or you could multiply one of the equations by negative one to negate the H.

A
That’s so smart.

B
He’s gonna show it to us.

A
He’s so patient.

B
H equals seven.

A
Yes.

B
Yes.
Easy!

A
OK next video.

VIDEO
Tickets for a play were two dollars for each child and four dollars for each adult.

(B pauses the video.)

B
OK wow that reminds me, I forgot to tell you: I heard that we’re doing Anything Goes for next year’s musical.

A
No we’re not.
Wowowowowow.
You would smash that role.

B
You think?

A
You would set that role on fire, and they’d have to get the fire marshal and our school would lose a lot of money from the fines. That’s how good you’d be.

B
Sam R. is gonna audition I bet.

A
Sam R. is—
The problem with Sam R. is—
Don’t even get me started with Sam R.

B
OK

A
Sam R. is the kind of sadist who throws a co-ed pool party in seventh grade like why would you do that, Sam R.??? Just because your divorced dad has a kidney-shaped pool?? And Sam R.’s like so beautiful but in a way that has no character, you know?

B
You think?

A
Your face has character.

B
Like what kind of character?

A
People want to relate to who they see.

B
A main character?

A
They want to look into the person’s face and say, ‘I see it in their eyes, in the lines around their mouth, this person knows struggle.‘

B
My face looks like struggle?

A
We should finish this video.

(A clicks play.)

VIDEO
At one showing of the play, one adult brought four children, and the remaining adults brought two children each. The total ticket sales from the children and adults was sixty dollars. How many children and adults attended the play? All right, this is an interesting one. OK, so let’s just think about how much was spent at the play. We know it needs to add up to sixty dollars, but let’s think about it in terms of the children and adults and their admissions. So, you have this one adult right over here that brought four children. So, how much is this family—let’s assume it’s a family—

(A pauses the video)

A
LET’S ASSUME IT’S A FAMILY.
Because he draws attention to the fact that families can come in very different forms and can appear in—they can appear differently, like a single mom and four kids.
Or a single dad.

B
Do you think he’s a single dad?

A
God, I hope so.

(A presses play.)

VIDEO
But there's another adult! There’s—

(A presses pause.)

A
Actually no, I googled this, he has a wife. Here.

(A googles the wife.)

B
Wow.

A
I know.

B
She’s beautiful.

A
She’s a doctor.

B
Her teeth!

A
I know.

(A presses play.)

VIDEO
So there’s a total of—seven adults in total. Pardon my handwriting.

(A pauses it.)

BOTH
PARDON MY HANDWRITING!!!!

VIDEO
And we could verify that this would also amount to sixteen children, because this person up here, in magenta—

(A pauses it.)

A
In magenta, he said.
In magenta. Marry me.

Elise Wien