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Six Plays for Children

Six Plays for Children
Edited by Coleman A. Jennings; foreword by Lowell Swortzell

This book brings together a variety of dramatic forms that have enormously enriched the literature of children’s theatre in the United States and around the world.

January 1977
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392 pages | 6 x 9 | b&w photos |

Six Plays for Children by Aurand Harris brings together a variety of dramatic forms that have enormously enriched the literature of children's theatre in this country and around the world. These works by this respected children's theatre playwright show Harris's great versatility: in the commedia dell'arte of Androcles and the Lion; the musical melodrama Rags to Riches; the sober, absurd comedy Punch and Judy; the realistic historical drama Steal Away Home; the farce Peck's Bad Boy; and the musical review Yankee Doodle. Each of the six plays exhibits a vital theatricality which is sure to win a child's attention and response.

Editor Coleman A. Jennings traces Harris's development as a playwright in a biographical study based on interviews with Harris. This enlightening section treats Harris's philosophy and teaching methods, as well as his creative process.

  • Foreword by Lowell Swortzell
  • The Playwright
  • The Plays
  • Androcles and the Lion
  • Rags to Riches
  • Punch and Judy
  • Steal Away Home
  • Peck’s Bad Boy
  • Yankee Doodle
  • Appendix 1. The Plays of Aurand Harris
  • Appendix 2. The Play writing Awards and Honors of Aurand Harris
  • Photo Credits

Coleman A. Jennings is Jesse H. Jones Regents Professor in Fine Arts in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a leading authority on theatre for young audiences and editor of eight anthologies of plays that represent the major works of America’s foremost playwrights.