Zero Tolerance

Written by:

Tara Goldstein

Cast Size:

Roles For:

  • Men: 5
  • Women: 12



Year Written:



In May 2007, 15-year-old Jordan Manners was shot and killed in the hallway of his Toronto school. Then in early June 2007, the Toronto District School Board commissioned an investigation into school safety, which resulted in a four-volume, 595-page report entitled “The Road to Health”. The report was released to the public on January 10, 2008, at a Press Conference convened by the Director of the Toronto District School Board. As a teacher educator, playwright and performed ethnographer, Goldstein adapted “The Road to Health” into a performance script entitled “Zero Tolerance” in February 2008, in an attempt to provoke discussion about the report and its recommendations among teacher candidates and teacher educators at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education of University of Toronto (OISE/UofT).


Tara Goldstein

Julian Falconer

Peggy Edwards

Linda McKinnon

Teacher 1

Teacher 2

Teacher 3

Teacher 4

Teacher 5


Parent 1

Parent 2

Parent 3

Media Reporter

HS Student 1

HS Student 2

HS Student 3

First Produced:

2008, Staged Reading at the Safe Schools Conference at OISE, Toronto, ON


Zero Tolerance and Other Plays can be purchased from Springer Nature.

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Zero Tolerance was first performed at a staged reading at the Safe Schools Conference at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE, University of Toronto on September 27, 2008. The reading was directed by Jocelyn Wickett and the staging that appears in the stage directions in this draft of the script was designed by Ms. Wickett for this inaugural performance. The PowerPoint slide show was designed by Dominique Rivère.