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The Face of America

The Face of America: Plays for Young People

Copyright Date: 2011
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 296
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    The Face of America
    Book Description:

    The world of young people in the U.S. today is exhilaratingly global. With that, however, comes the need for children to retain confidence in their heritage while empathizing with people who might seem very different. The protagonists of these four plays—written for the world-renowned Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis—strive to achieve that balance with determination, love, and humor.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-7856-3
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
    (pp. vii-viii)
    Peter Brosius
    (pp. ix-xiv)
    Elissa Adams

    Open this book to any of the four plays collected here and the face of America will be reflected back to you. The faces are Somali, Russian, Native American, West Indian, Puerto Rican, Caucasian, Mexican. These plays represent a passionate, intentional effort on the part of the Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) to commission and produce plays that highlight and celebrate the diversity of the American landscape.

    Since 1998, when artistic director Peter Brosius established Threshold, CTC’s new play development program, the theatre has created and produced more than thirty new plays. It has enlisted many of the nation’s leading playwrights...

    (pp. 1-60)
    Larissa Fasthorse

    The world premier ofAverage Familyopened on September 7, 2007, at Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota.Average Familywas funded in part by The Marshall Group.

    Scenic and costume design: G. W. Mercier

    Lighting design: Geoff Korf

    Sound design: André Pluess

    Fight choreography: Ted Sharon

    Video production: Ron Halpern of Moxie Productions

    Stage manager: Chris Schweiger

    Assistant stage manager: Megan Traina

    Assistant director: Leah Starr

    Assistant lighting designer: David Riisager

    Nathan Roubidoux

    Debra Roubidoux

    Mikenzie Roubidoux

    Marshel Roubidoux

    Mikal’ Roubidoux

    Jack Park

    Rodney Monroe

    Jonathan Monroe

    Luke Monroe

    Sarah Monroe

    A brief video montage features four different families. This...

    (pp. 61-134)
    Melissa James Gibson

    The world premier ofBrooklyn Bridgeopened on January 21, 2005, at Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota.Brooklyn Bridgewas developed through a collaboration with New Dramatists funded by the Jerome Foundation and produced in association with AT&T: Onstage administered by Theatre Communications Group.

    Scenic design: Louisa Thompson

    Costume design: Maiko Matsushima

    Lighting design: Matt Frey

    Sound design: Victor Zupanc and Chris Heagle

    Dramaturgy: Elissa Adams

    Ensemble codirector: Matthew Howe

    Stage manager: Kathryn Sam Loftin

    Assistant stage manager: Erin Tatge







    Man with bass

    Man with drums

    Mail carrier

    Pizza delivery man

    Washington roebling


    (pp. 135-202)
    Lynne Alvarez

    The world premier ofEsperanza Risingopened on March 17, 2006, at Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota.Esperanza Risingwas funded in part by The Joyce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Music composition: Victor Zupanc

    Scenic design: Riccardo Hernandez

    Costume design: James Schuette

    Lighting design: Matt Frey

    Sound design: Victor Zupanc

    Dramaturgy: Elissa Adams

    Choreography: Joe Chvala

    Stage manager: Chris Schweiger

    Assistant stage manager: Jody Gavin

    Ensemble: Chelsea Bohmer, Tegan Carr, Jacob Duhon, Patric Faunillan, Kate Howell, Ryan Howell, Katie Moss, Natasha Roy, Gabrielle Silverman, and Kaliya Warren.

    Musicians: Roberto Rodriguez (vihuela and guitar), Joe Cruz (guitarrón...

    (pp. 203-275)
    Kia Corthron

    The world premier ofSnapshot Silhouetteopened on March 19, 2004, at Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota.Snapshot Silhouettewas written with support from Sundance Writers’ Retreat at Ucross.

    Scenic design: Troy Hourie

    Costume design: Christal Weatherly

    Lighting design: Jane Cox

    Music: Victor Zupanc

    Sound design: Victor Zupanc and Chris Heagle

    Dramaturgy: Elissa Adams

    Stage manager: Stacy McIntosh

    Assistant stage manager: Chris Schweiger

    There are three main characters: Najma, Tay C, and Laine. A company may double for the rest. The white esl teacher may be played by a Latina or light black actress.

    The stage directions (characters ascending and...

    (pp. 276-280)