Eight Plays for Children: The New Generation Play Project by Coleman A. JenningsEight Plays for Children: The New Generation Play Project by Coleman A. Jennings

Eight Plays for Children: The New Generation Play Project

EditorColeman A. JenningsForeword bySuzan L. Zeder

Paperback | October 15, 1999

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The New Generation Play Project 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.

This book provides the full text of the plays produced through the NGPP:

  • Constance Congdon, Beauty and the Beast
  • Velina Hasu Houston, Hula Heart
  • Tina Howe, East of the Sun and West of the Moon
  • Len Jenkin, The Invisible Man
  • Mark Medoff, Kringle's Window
  • Eric Overmyer, Duke Kahanamoku vs. The Surfnappers
  • Michael Weller, Dogbrain
  • Y York, The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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 served as Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance for twelve years at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Title:Eight Plays for Children: The New Generation Play ProjectFormat:PaperbackDimensions:493 pages, 8.98 × 6.09 × 1.06 inPublished:October 15, 1999Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292740573

ISBN - 13:9780292740570

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword (Suzan L. Zeder)
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction (Coleman A. Jennings)
  • The Plays
  • Beauty and the Beast (Constance Congdon)
  • Hula Heart (Velina Hasu Houston)
  • East of the Sun and West of the Moon (Tina Howe)
  • The Invisible Man (Len Jenkin)
  • Kringle's Window (Mark Medoff)
  • Duke Kahanamoku vs. the Surfnappers (Eric Overmyer)
  • Dogbrain (Michael Weller)
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond (Y York)

From Our Editors

An organization called the New Generation Play Project was formed in 1989 by a consortium of children’s theatre companies. The goal: to commission major American dramatists to write new plays for young people and to have those projects produced. Eight Plays for Children is a collection of the plays produced by the NGPP. Among the plays included in this volume are Constance Congdon’s Beauty and the Beast, Tina Howe’s East of the Sun and West of the Moon and Len Jenkin’s The Invisible Man.

Editorial Reviews

"This is a significant compilation of important new plays for young audiences." - Rives B. Collins, Associate Professor of Theatre, Northwestern University