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Through the Glass Looking
Through the Glass Looking
"It's an adventure framed by family dialogue that feels realistic enough to have kids laughing in recognition at the children's bickering, but also appreciating Alex's reconciliation with her adoptive mother and the new way they're going to keep score in their lives." —The New York Times
By Kathryn Petersen

Cast: 1m., 2w. (3 either gender. May be expanded up to 10 actors.) Alexandra Hawley is adopted. As her twelfth birthday approaches, she wrestles with questions about why her mother gave her up, who she is and how she fits into the world around her. Although Alex is obsessed with baseball, she is afraid to play. So she stays on the sidelines and keeps score at her brother's baseball games. Back at home, she tells Billy exactly what he is doing wrong on the field. Her mother sees how this hurts Billy and tells Alex that she can't attend his games anymore. Furious, Alex shouts that her real mother wouldn't treat her this way. Mrs. Hawley leaves Alex alone in her bedroom to calm down, and Alex hurls her scorebook against her bedroom mirror and cries herself to sleep. In a dream, Alex sits up and notices that her reflection in the mirror doesn't look anything like her. The reflection picks up Alex's scorebook and starts walking away with it. Alex goes through the mirror to retrieve her scorebook and enters the territory of Emitsap, which she discovers to be a shut-down baseball diamond. In this land beyond the mirror, she meets a gypsy queen, a mute fiddler, and the old rulers of Emitsap who are tyrannized by a terrifying Judge. Alex steps up to the plate and faces the Judge. She confronts the fears that keep her from truly being herself, frees the land of Emitsap and finds her way home. Premiered at The People's Light & Theatre Company. Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 45 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  One-Act
Catalog Code:  TF8
Cast Size:  6
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  31
Royalty:  $40.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $7.95
Approx. Running Time:  45 min.
Target Audience: Young Audiences | Middle School | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama | Fantasy
ISBN (10): 1583423443
Publication Date: 07/28/2006
Kathryn Petersen started writing for young audiences in 1998. She's had four plays produced by The People's Light & Theatre Company: The Icarus Box (1998); Through the Glass Looking (1999); Arthur's Stone, Merlin's Fire (2003) and Jack & the Beanstalk, an American Panto (2005). Petersen, an award-winning actress, has appeared in over 50 productions regionally. Photo: Rob and Sas Becker.More
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