The New Generation Play Project (NGPP) was a daring experiment in American children''s theatre. Begun in 1989 by a consortium that included the seattle children''s Theatre, The Children''s Theatre Company of minneapolis, Stage One: The Louisville Children''s Theatre, and the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, the NGPP raised half a million dollars to commission major American dramatists to create new works for young people and to produce these plays over a several-year period.
In his introduction, Coleman Jennings describes the work of the NGPP, some of the controversies surrounding its selection of playwrights who do not ordinarily write for young audiences, as well as the playwrights'' reactions to the project, and the critical reception of the plays. Suzan Zeder, one of the nation''s leading playwrights for family audiences, supplies the foreword.
Former president of the Children''s Theatre Association of America, Coleman A. Jennings teaches creative drama/children''s theatre at the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance for twelve years. In 1997, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.