Monday, July 14, 2008
ACTING OUT: Six One-Act Plays, Six Newbery Stars
ACTING OUT includes six one-act plays by the following Newbery Winners - AVI, Susan Cooper, Sharon Creech, Patricia MacLachlan, Katherine Paterson, and Richard Peck.
Each play includes character descriptions, detailed stage direction, and production hints from each author. The unique element in the plays is in the instructions given to the six authors turned playwrights. They were asked to write the scripts about anything they wanted, but each was asked to choose one word to be used in all six of the plays. In an introduction by the editor, the six words are revealed so readers have the pleasure of watching for their appearance as they read through each play.
The plays do reflect the authors' styles, so readers familiar with their other works will enjoy these quick reads. ACTING OUT provides excellent material for a casual read or for actual performances in the classroom or beyond.