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In the Garden of the Selfish Giant
In the Garden of the Selfish Giant
AATE Distinguished Play Award

IRT Waldo M. and Grace C. Bonderman Playwriting for Youth National Symposium Winner

The New England Theatre Conference's Aurand Harris Playwriting Award
By Sandra Fenichel Asher.

Cast: 4w. Eleven-year-old Maggie Campbell and Susan, her mother, have come to Susan's childhood home to be with Maggie's dying grandmother in her final days. Maggie has never known this cantankerous grandmother, who is never seen in the play but still exerts a powerful effect on everyone in it. Maggie resents having to cancel her summer plans to accompany her mother and, as the play opens, Maggie has climbed a tree in her grandmother's long-unkempt garden and settled into what she thinks will be an unyielding sulk to spite her mother for the inconvenience. But into the garden come Allison and Brianna: one, a funny, warm and insightful Hospice worker; the other, an imaginative nine-year-old neighbor who hates unhappy endings and never lets the facts stand in the way of a good story, not even her rollicking rendition of Oscar Wilde's fairy tale about "The Selfish Giant"—a frightening and forbidding character who reminds her of Maggie's grandmother. Eventually, Allison and Brianna help unravel Maggie's bad mood, and mother/daughter rifts are mended. As summer draws to a close, the expected death occurs, and, to Brianna's dismay, Maggie and Susan prepare to return home. Unhappy endings can't always be avoided, but understanding, forgiveness and friendship do eventually blossom like the roses in this garden of the "selfish giant." One ext. set. Approximate Running Time: 45 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  One-Act
Catalog Code:  I83
Cast Size:  4
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  41
Royalty:  $40.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $7.95
Approx. Running Time:  45 min.
Target Audience: Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Literary Classic
ISBN (10): 1583422153
Publication Date: 05/03/2004
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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