The actors in the room are all recent high school graduates and the struggles they are depicting -- boredom, unrequited love, sexual identity, grasping for the future, holding onto the past -- aren't so distant for the young actors themselves.
Many more "great students" could be developed and supported if only their schools allowed their teachers to discover who they really are and nurture their passions. At present we are moving in the opposite direction.
I am the guardian of my children's souls, and I have been fighting against the system for years to no avail. The only way I can effectively fight is by opting out. No afterschool activities. No SAT testing. No sad Kumon. No tutoring. No "checking" their homework.