By Many Young Playwrights. Edited by Tom Erhard.
Cast: 3m., 5w. For an honest, hard-hitting evening of theatre, what better excitement than to hear teenagers confront their problems in their own voices? This 90-minute script includes young people's excitements and frustrations in trying to express themselves, both the bitter and farcical side of human relationships, the difficulty in communicating with parents and the terror when this problem grows into child abuse, the tension of growing up in a war-threatened world and the rich warmth when there is human caring and sharing. These stories and poems were carefully selected from entries in the Southwest High School Creative Writing Awards, an annual program which was featured in 500 high schools in seven states and was conducted by Dr. Tom Erhard, editor of this script and retired professor of theatre arts at New Mexico State University. Erhard is the author of many plays for young people. He has arranged, edited and dramatized these stories and poems to create intense theatre which builds to a powerful climax and then a warm, upbeat finale. Share the excitement as high-school students speak candidly to their peers. Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes.