Drama masks

  Drama for Young People
  Contributed by Janet Micheli Bylina

Listen to this description of Romeo and... who? (Taken from Shakespeare in Love)

Barrie, Sir Thomas M. "Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up" from The Complete Plays of J.M. Barrie. New York, 1928 - Peter Pan, the boy who refuses to grow up, entices Wendy Darling and her brothers to his enchanted Never Land in order to gain a mother to care for him and the Lost Boys. After a bedazzling array of adventures, including defeating the ferocious Captain Hook and his pirate crew, the Darling children find they miss their parents and want to return home. Peter is left once again to his solitary rule over Never Land, "always to be a little boy and to have fun," but there is a price to pay.

Glaspell, Susan. "Trifles" from 24 Favorite One Act Plays. Edited by Bennett Cerf and Van H. Catmell. New York, 1958 - A farmer is discovered hanging from his bedroom ceiling; his wife is jailed for the crime, but evidence and motives are missing. While the sheriff and county attorney self-importantly search for clues to convict the accused, two "insignificant" women discover pieces to the puzzle in the "trifling" belongings of the farmer's wife, and learn that more than one travesty has been committed.

McCullers, Carson. "A Member of the Wedding" from Famous American Plays of the 1940's. New York, 1960 - 12-year-old Frankie Addams desperately wants to feel she belongs. Taking the phrase "member of the wedding" to new heights, Frankie believes her newly married brother and his wife will accept her into their new household. When her dream is crushed, Frankie hides a pistol in her suitcase and runs away in outrage and humiliation.

Morris, Richard. The Unsinkable Molly Brown. New York, 1961 - Molly overcomes extreme poverty and ignorance to become one of the world's wealthiest women of her era. Snubbed by Denver society, she travels to Europe until love calls her back to America, aboard the ill-fated Titanic. Molly shows determination and real courage on the Titanic. Based on a true story.

Stern, Stewart. "Rebel Without a Cause" from Best American Screen Plays. New York, 1986 - Despite the title of the screenplay, 17-year-old Jim does indeed have a cause to fight in this quintessential coming-of-age story. A misfit who wants to be able to look to his parents for guidance, Jim is involved in a senseless death of a teen. He ultimately finds the courage within himself to take a stand and "do one thing right." Tragedy leads to a chance for reconciliation for father and son, as the father sees in his son the actions of a real adult.

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