Sokolove, Michael. (2013) Drama High: The Incredible True story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater. Riverhead Hardcover.
This is a beautifully written, touching and fascinating story of the incredible theater program at Truman High School in Levittown, a blue-collar town outside of Philadelphia. It is a paean to Lou Volpe who ran the program for 40 years and whose productions drew critical acclaim and the attention of famous theater producers. His productions touched on topics not often attempted in high school productions – teen sexuality, angst and reckless behavior.
Volpe pushed his student actors hard, and they often performed far above their own or anyone else’s expectations. Being in one of his productions was life changing for most of the students whose lives he touched.