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In the Garden of the Selfish Giant

In the Garden of the Selfish Giant

By Sandra Fenichel Asher.

Product Code: I83000

  • One-act Play
  • Comedy | Drama
  • Cast size: 4w.

    Livestream and Record & Stream Rights Available

  • Awards: AATE Distinguished Play Award | Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award | Bonderman National Youth Theatre Playwriting Award | The Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award

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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."


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  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show One-act Play
  • Product Code I83000
  • Cast Size 4
  • Min. Royalty Rate $50/perf
  • Cost $9.95
  • Approx. Run Time 45 min


  • Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | Family (all ages)
  • Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Professional Theatre | TYA | Touring Group
  • Genre Comedy | Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9781583422151
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Customer Reviews

"I cannot say enough good about this show. It is a dynamic, touching, and heartwarming piece. This is a must for your students and your community! The playwright does an excellent job explaining how the set should be set up, I highly recommend following that - it makes such a difference."
Review by Dakota Demato, South Pointe High School, Rock Hill, S.C.
"Sandy Asher has produced an outstanding script full of love and laughter. In the Garden of the Selfish Giant has the right combination and balance of fun and heartfelt moments that will take audiences back to their childhood while exploring relationships between mother and daughters as well as childhood, summer friendships."
Review by David Sweet, Whitley County High School, Williamsburg, Ky.