Theatre for Young Audiences 20 Great Plays for Children

Edited by Coleman A. Jennings; Foreword by Maurice Sendak

St. Martin's Griffin

0312337140

9780312337148

Trade Paperback

624 Pages

$22.99

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Theatre for Young Audiences is a collection of new and overlooked scripts that represent the best of modern playwriting for children. From works adapted from classic children's stories to original contemporary scripts, each play inspires the imagination as it entertains.

With complete scripts for twenty plays plus a biographical sketch of each playwright, Theatre for Young Audiences is an invaluable compilation for anyone working in children's theatre today.

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"A solid, well-organized, and informative anthology. It is an excellent text and source book."—Stage of the Art

"For librarians and other adults interested in the production of good children's theater, this excellent collection features 20 plays covering a variety of subjects and interests. Jennings has included original plays as well as adaptations of known works, all by award-winning playwrights who are recognized in brief biographical headnotes to the scripts. Hits such as Maurice Sendak's Really Rosie and Joseph Robinette's adaptation of Charlotte's Web are mixed with lesser-known treasures such as John Kauffman's According to Coyote. A conversation between playwright James Still and Sendak provides a motivational foreword . . . Highly recommended for school and public libraries and anyone interested in a substantial collection of plays for children."—Booklist

"The library of children's theater is understocked, and this collection partly redresses that situation. These mostly recent short plays are directed at children around ten, the ideal age to build a theater-going habit. The book begins with an interview with Maurice Sendak and includes a play of his, indicating the level of excellence the collection aims for and succeeds in achieving. None of these plays is doctrinaire or didactic, though they are full of wisdom. They engage children's imagination to communicate a sense of worth. There are coming-of-age plays, tolerance plays, and plays about children in society and war, and we are prefaced by useful introductions that will aid adult directors. Some are musicals. The best of them are based on folk tales from American Indian, eastern European, Russian, Japanese, and other traditions. Some are adaptations of children's literature such as Charlotte's Web and The Jungle Book. There is something here to meet every theater need and every child's anticipation. Highly recommended."—Library Journal

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Coleman A. Jennings, professor of Creative Drama/Children's Theatre at the University of Texas at Austin, is the author of three plays for children and editor of four anthologies, including Plays Children Love, volumes I and II. In 1997 he received a Lifetime Achievement award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.
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  • Edited by Coleman A. Jennings; Foreword by Maurice Sendak

  • Coleman A. Jennings is a professor of Children's Theatre at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Jennings is the author of three plays for children and editor of six anthologies, including the two-volume Plays Children Love. In 1997 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.
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