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Across the Plains: The Journey of the Palace Wagon Family
Across the Plains: The Journey of the Palace Wagon Family
By Sandra Fenichel Asher.

Cast: 2m., 3w. Expandable to 12 roles, plus extras as desired. Based on actual letters, diaries, magazine and newspaper articles of the period, this play follows young Virginia Reed and her family on their journey from Illinois to California as part of a wagon train that became known as the "Martyr Pioneers." Folk songs combine with dramatic action to recreate moments both typical of the 19th-century's vast migration and unique to the courageous struggle of members of the Donner Party, who were trapped by snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains during the ferocious winter of 1846-47. Commissioned by the Coterie Theatre, Across the Plains was selected for the Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices program and received the American Alliance for Theatre and Education's Playreading Project National Award. In the word of seventh-graders who attended the Coterie's performances: "I would recommend this play to anyone." "There was not a bored person in the whole theatre." "I was with you on the long journey to California." "It was truly the best play I have ever seen." Minimal sets.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  A70
Cast Size:  5
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  44
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  60 min.
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 0871297477
Sandra Fenichel Asher's plays have been produced nationally and abroad. Across the Plains, commissioned by The Coterie, Kansas City, Mo., was selected for the Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices Symposium. In the Garden of the Selfish Giant won the Indiana Repertory Theatre/Bonderman National Playwriting Symposium Award, the New England Theatre Conference Aurand Harris Playwriting Award and the American Alliance for ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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