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Journey of the Sparrows
Journey of the Sparrows
AATE Distinguished Play Award (1999, Adaptation)
By Meryl Friedman. Adapted from the book by Fran Leeper Buss.

Cast: 2m., 5w. Fleeing prosecution in El Salvador, sixteen-year-old Maria, her older sister Julia, their little brother Oscar, and a young man, Tomas, are nailed into a crate and transported with a load of vegetables from Mexico to Chicago. When they arrive in the city, their struggle to make a new life begins in earnest as they try to earn a living and yet remain "invisible" in order to avoid arrest and deportation. Despite their ordeals, hope and love can still be found, especially in the stories and drawings Maria creates to lift the family's spirits, drawing on their native culture to find meaning in a new and vastly different society. This powerful, uplifting story of triumph over incredible odds was originally commissioned by Lifeline theatre in Chicago. Highly recommended for ages ten to adult. Simple set.

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Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  J32
Cast Size:  7
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  58
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  70 min.
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 0871297957
Meryl Friedman currently lives and works in California. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Friedman was a founder and producing director at Lifeline Theatre in Chicago where she worked for 16 years. During her long collaboration with Lifeline she produced over 60 productions, most of them new and premiere works, adapting and/or directing over half of these. She has adapted ...More
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