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Degas\' Little Dancer
Degas' Little Dancer
B. Iden Payne award winner for Best New Play for Young Audiences

Finalist: IUPUI Unpublished Play Competition

"Sometimes the story behind a work of art can enhance our understanding of the work, can add to its resonance, can teach us what it means to be an artist and what it means to be human. Degas' Little Dancer does just that." —The Austin Chronicle
By Wesley Middleton.

Cast: 2m., 4w. (minimum. Female roles, ballerinas, may be expanded.) Eleven-year-old Marie ('Rie) loves ballet, but she always gets cast as a chorus tree. When she falls in love with Edgar Degas' first sculpture, The Little Dancer (La Petite Danseuse) she wills herself back in time to become the artist's model. But Monsieur Degas does not want a model—Monsieur Degas is going blind. 'Rie must work much harder than she thought to become a famous work of art, and Degas must overcome his failing eyesight to work with the smartest model he's ever encountered. Together, the two of them learn to embrace the passionate challenge of making art. Dance, rhythmic language, and century-shifting action make this a dramatic adventure packed with meaning and momentum. Simple tourable set, props. Approximate Running Time: 60 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  D78
Cast Size:  6
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  66
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  60 min.
Target Audience: Young Audiences
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre
Genre: Comedy | Drama
ISBN (10): 1583420959
Publication Date: 11/19/2001
Wesley Middleton has been writing for the theatre since 1991, when she co-adapted Ariel Dorfman's short story The Rebellion of the Magical Rabbits, into a children's play for the Yale Drama Children's Theatre Commencement Show. She received her bachelor's degree in theatre studies and comparative literature from Yale University in 1992 and her M.F.A in playwriting from the University of ...More
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