Edited by Judy Matetzschk-Campbell and John Dilworth Newman.
While we might imagine playwrights working alone, collaboration is the hallmark of the playwriting of Sandra Fenichel Asher, one of our country's most produced writers for young audiences. Tell Your Story examines six of Asher's finest plays, focusing on how the stories told in the scripts reflect her life, her philosophy, and her collaborative methods of play development. Asher's plays have emerged from a variety of sources including oral histories, traditional tales, young adult novels, picture books, poems, and young people's writings. The playwright's means of telling her stories on the stage have been as wide-ranging as her source material. The introduction of each play places it in the larger context of Asher's dramatic repertory, and the plays are followed by descriptions of how the script was developed and what its development process may teach us about creating new works for and with young people. The book includes a biography of the writer and a description of her other dramatic and nondramatic works. This collection, edited by two directors who wrote their doctoral dissertations on new play development and who have worked with Asher on multiple projects, provides a unique overview of one of the most significant bodies of dramatic literature in the field of theatre for young audiences. 6x9—406 pages. Soft cover.