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Puzzles — a play

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Premiere Plays, Religious Titles

by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle School, TYA and other Youth Theatre Groups) Harper, a boy of 11 or 12, strives to solve the puzzles of his fractured life.  His father died in a car accident, but Harper struggles to understand what death means.  An older boy tries to help Harper come to terms with his loss, yet furthers Harper’s belief that his father will return.  Harper must also help his grandfather, a recovering stroke victim, to find his alphabet and to connect with him the way his father did. All the while, Harper, himself, struggles with the puzzle of autism. PREMIERE PLAY FILE   PLAY DETAILS: 90 minutes 3m, 2f Order #3124 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available here: PuzzlesPERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first half of the...

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Crowns and Commoners — Premiere Play File (TYA)

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Premiere Plays, Short Plays

by J.D. Newman (Perfect for High Schools and Middle Schools and TYA and other Youth Theatre Groups) The King brings his three daughters out of hiding, intending to crown them as his heirs. When he discovers that the Princesses disobeyed him during their exile, he threatens to disown them. Before the family can reconcile, the Princesses are taken hostage by the King’s usurping brother and must fight for their lives and for the future of their people. PREMIERE PLAY FILE PLAY DETAILS: 7f 5m About 50 minutes 1 interior Order #3123 Available for ALL producing groups SOON. PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available here: Crowns&CommonersPERUSAL (The PDF file contains the first half of the play along with all background information. EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group...

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Awakening Galatea — play

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 in Latest, New Releases, Plays

by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Professional, College/University, and Community groups) The play is based on Ovid’s story of Pygmalion. Pygmalion is an idealistic sculptor who creates Galatea, his statue of a perfect woman.  At Venus’ bidding, the seven Muses cause the creator to fall in love with his creation. The Muse of Poetry falls in love with Pygmalion and begs the Goddess of Love to allow her to appear to him and steer his passion away from the lifeless statue.  Venus curses the Muse for her temerity and casts the spirit Muse into the statue of Galatea. When the other Muses beg for mercy for their sister, Venus permits them to lead the pair on a quest that will bring Galatea to life, let Poetry experience humanity, and render Pygmalion capable of selfless love. PLAY DETAILS 8f 1m 90...

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The Yearning Season — Premiere Play File

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Premiere Plays

by J.D. Newman Jacques and Leigh have served Monsieur and Madame as farmhand and domestic servant throughout their adolescence.  Upon the death of their employers, they are bequeathed: the farm to Jacques, and money for a lady’s education to Leigh, both still young and needing assistance to find their stations in life.  In a moment of youthful willfulness, they switch inheritances and set aside their feelings for one another.  Rochelle, a young lady from town, comes to Leigh for shelter and the two of them work the farm until Rochelle reveals a secret that changes everything Leigh believed about herself. The story, a classic young-love triangle, is based loosely on the Biblical story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel, and set in the late 19th Century. The dialogue is written in verse; blank verse for those from town and free...

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All’s Well That Ends Well — Shakespeare-edited

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 in Classics, Latest, New Releases, Plays, Shakespeare Plays

by William Shakespeare Adapted and Edited by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Colleges/Universities, High Schools and Middle Schools) Following his father’s death, Bertram, the young Count of Rossillion, leaves home to attend the court of the ailing King of France, along with his friend Parolles. Helena, the Countess’s ward, is in love with Bertram, and reveals her affection to the Countess, who is sympathetic. She gives Helena permission to visit Paris in an attempt to cure the King of his ailment using a drug devised by Helena’s father, a physician. Lafew, a lord at court, persuades the King to see Helena, and he is cured by her medicine. As a reward, she is offered a husband of her choice, and she chooses Bertram. He rejects her for her lack of social standing, but then accepts her rather than suffer the...

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Liberation — A Short Play

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 in Latest, New Releases, Short Plays

by J.D. Newman (Perfect for College/University, Community, High School, Middle School and TYA and other Youth Theatre Groups) Four French maidens, hiding from the occupying German army and concealing their identities from each other, capture the soldier who discovers them.  One of the young women insists on showing the soldier the stories of misfortune that brought them to their current condition. They enact their stories in metaphor, drawing on a Greek myth, a Biblical story, and the legend of a local saint.  When the German soldier reveals that the village has been liberated, he asks to be liberated by death rather than facing the shame of what his people have done to the French people.  The four maidens each are seeking a liberation of their own.   PLAY DETAILS: 4f 1m About 40 minutes 1 interior of a barn Order # 3122...

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DeGruchy’s Mantle — A Verse Play

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 in Award Winners, Latest, New Releases, Plays

by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle Schools, and other Youth Theatre Groups) Newman’s first verse drama, DeGruchy’s Mantle tells the story of a widow who leaves her magic mantle to her five teenage daughters just before her death. The daughters make a series of foolish wishes that cause a series of enchantments.  It is up to the youngest daughter, magically aged through the mantle’s power, who must restore her sisters and take charge of her mother’s gift. DeGruchy’s Mantle received a Meritorious Achievement Award in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Region VIII playwriting competition. PLAY DETAILS: 5 young women 1 older woman and 2 young males. 75 minutes A simple exterior setting, either realistic or suggestive. Order # 3120 Available for ALL producing groups SOON. PERUSAL MATERIALS Perusal Pages File Available here: DeGruchy’sMantlePERUSAL (The...

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Gathering Grimm — a play

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 in Child and Youth Audiences, Latest, New Releases, Plays

A Play for Young People by J.D. Newman (Perfect for Professional, College/University, Community, High School, Middle School and TYA and other Youth Theatre Groups) A tale in itself about tale tellers has been gathered, like the original stories, from various sources. The Brothers Grimm may have written these stories down, but they did not come directly from the voices of the people of Germany. They were almost all filtered through the ‘sisters’ and the female friends of the brothers, who had heard them from various mouths throughout their childhood. The play centers on Lottie Grimm, the sister of Jakob and Wilhelm and their three younger brothers. Lottie refuses to help her brothers compile their collection until they acknowledge the source of the tales:  middle class schoolgirls. The script includes dramatizations of seven of the Grimm tales: The Frog Prince, Cinderella...

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J. D. Newman — Author

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 in Authors

Dr. John Dilworth Newman is a professor of theatre at Utah Valley University and the director of the Theatre for Youth and Education (TYE) Center. He lives with his family in Sandy City, Utah. Dr. Newman became the first recipient of the Reba R. Robertson Award from the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.  At UVU, Dr. Newman has directed The Secret Garden, Princess Academy, Androcles and the Lion, The Milk Dragon, Once In the Time of Trolls, and Much Ado About Nothing in the Noorda Theatre.  He has also served as the director of the Noorda Theatre Summer Camp and has produced or co-produced touring productions including A Village Fable, The Princess and the Goblin, Honk!,Pedro’s Magic Shoes, Jack and the Beanstalk, Tamales and Roses, and Mama Tomcat’s Flying School.  As a playwright, he has adapted scripts for Newbery...

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