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Letters to an Alien
Letters to an Alien
By Robert Caisley.

Cast: 2 to 6m, 1 to 2w. Hannah wants to fit in at school, but she hates her looks and her name, and she definitely feels uncomfortable being Jewish. To top it off, Hannah's parents have "sentenced" her to spending time with her grandfather, Pops, in the hope that she will learn more about her Jewish heritage. But Hannah has no interest in Jewish history, and Pops is reluctant to talk about his past. When Hannah inquires about the numbers tattooed on his arm, Pops quickly dismisses her. Instead, Pops makes Hannah sit still for hours while he painstakingly paints her portrait. Aliens arrive on earth to investigate and they uncover Pops' secret: he survived life in the camps and cannot confront his own painful memories of the Holocaust. To help Hannah understand her heritage, the aliens take her back in time to Poland in 1943, where she sees the world through the eyes of her great-aunt Hannah. Only then is she able to fully understand the magnitude of the Holocaust and Pops' desire to preserve the past through his paintings. The aliens make their final transmission back to their home planet on the information they have gathered about human beings and about the foreign concept of "hate." Simple set. Approximate Running Time: 45 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  One-Act
Catalog Code:  L58
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  32
Royalty:  $35.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $7.95
Approx. Running Time:  45 min.
Categories
Target Audience: Young Audiences
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 0871296829
Biographies
Robert Caisley was born in Rotherham, England, in 1968. He has written 12 plays for the stage, including Kite's Book: Tales of an 18th Century Hitman, on commission from Rockford's Studio 71 Theatre, produced with the Unseam'd Shakespeare Co., Pittsburgh, Pa., and Illinois State Theatre; Letters to an Alien, on commission from Idaho Theatre for Youth, which toured with Mad ...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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