Theatre for Young Audiences: Around the World in 21 Plays


Includes: Jack Juggler (Anonymous)
• Lucky Peter's Journey (August Strindberg)
• Big Mary (Mark Medoff)
• Escape to Freedom (Ossie Davis)
• No Worries (David Holman)
• Soul Gone Home (Langston Hughes)
• and more!

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Includes: Jack Juggler (Anonymous)
• Lucky Peter's Journey (August Strindberg)
• Big Mary (Mark Medoff)
• Escape to Freedom (Ossie Davis)
• No Worries (David Holman)
• Soul Gone Home (Langston Hughes)
• and more!

A collection of plays by such authors as Moliere, August Strindberg, Langston Hughes, Susan Zeder, Wendy Kesselman, and Laurence Yep.

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School Library Journal
Gr 7-10A collection of 21 short pieces that will appeal to young people. Each selection opens with introductory notes and information on stage-performance rights. Among the historical plays are Jack Juggler from England, short plays by Molire and Gertrude Stein from France, August Strindberg's Lucky Peter's Journey from Sweden, and Langston Hughes's Soul Gone Home from the U.S. Contemporary plays by well-known playwrights such as Wendy Kesselman and Israel Horovitz, as well as Ossie Davis's Escape to Freedom are included. Several plays based on literature for young people, such as The Pinballs, Afternoon of the Elves, and Dragonwings round out the collection. A number of the selections feature social issues such as racism, the generation gap, poverty, and divorce. Others, such as A Visit from St. Nicholas, a play about the writing of the famous poem, and How to Write a Play are more lighthearted. An afterword gives a history of children's theater that will be useful for drama and English teachers, and a list of other plays young adults might like. With renewed interest in play reading, writing, and performance in secondary schools, this collection will be a valuable addition.Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557832634
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 698
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reading Plays
Pt. 1 Plays from the Past for Performance Today
England: Jack Juggler 3
France: The Flying Doctor 19
Italy: The Love of Three Oranges 35
England: Punch and Judy: Their Tragical Comedy, Their Comical Tragedy 49
Sweden: Lucky Peter's Journey 67
Poland: Childhood Plays 105
France: Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters 129
USA: Soul Gone Home 137
Pt. 2 Plays by Contemporary Playwrights for Young Audiences
New York City: Maggie Magalita 147
Canada: The Ice Wolf 203
Sweden: Medea's Children 235
Southern USA: Wiley and the Hairy Man 279
Maryland: Escape to Freedom 319
Any Urban Slum: Rats 373
USA: The Pinballs 389
Australia: No Worries 431
New York City: A Visit from St. Nicholas, or the Night before Christmas 487
Tennessee: Big Mary 523
USA: Afternoon of the Elves 561
China and San Francisco: Dragonwings 615
England: How to Write a Play 657
Afterword: A New Age in Theatre for Young Audiences 677
Play List: Other Plays of Interest 689
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