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Childhood - Short Play, Dramatic Comedy

Childhood

Thornton Wilder

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Short Play, Dramatic Comedy

2m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573620775

"Admirers of Thornton Wilder's virtuouso short plays will be glad to hear he has returned to the form in which he excels." -Irving Wardle, London Times, March 16, 1973
In this provocative, sometimes chilling comedy, Wilder renders a child's-eye view of the grown-up world.

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Description

Short Play

Dramatic Comedy

Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales, Experimental

30 minutes

Time Period - 1960s

Settings Of Play - The yard of a suburban house.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Scene work, Competition or audition material

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

In this provocative, sometimes chilling comedy, Wilder renders a child's-eye view of the grown-up world, as a father, a mother and their three children play a revealing game of make-believe in which the children pretend to be orphans. Startling truths emerge on both sides, as pretense challenges the family to discard the traditional roles of parent, spouse, child, and sibling--blurring the lines between perception and reality, artifice and innocence.

"Admirers of Thornton Wilder's virtuouso short plays will be glad to hear he has returned to the form in which he excels. " -Irving Wardle, London Times, March 16, 1973

"We often hear the phrase, 'a winning child.' Winning children (who appear so guileless) are children who have discovered how effective charm and modesty and a delicately calculated spontaneity are in winning what they want." -Thornton Wilder in The Paris Review Interviews, 1957

"I've been writing two plays (Ira and Childhood) that have dream sequences, and have become very attentive to what takes place in dreaming...In Childhood I use something I none too clearly remember from The Interpretation of Dreams (and by the light of that book, observed in my own dreaming): that an important person in one's dream, whom one's censor does not wish to identify or acknowledge, appears veiled or masked, or seen from the back only. So my children's father and mother." -Thornton Wilder, Journal, March 24, 1960

Childhood was first produced at the Circle in the Square Theater in New York January 10, 1962, as one of three plays grouped as "Plays for Bleecker Street. It was televised by the CBC in 1966 and 1969, and by an educational television channel in 1966 and 1970.

Characters

CASTING

2m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Features Children, Features Teens, Roles for Children

CASTING NOTES

This play can also be cast with 2 Girls, 1 Boy, 1 Male Adult Actor and 1 Female Adult Actor.

CAROLINE - the oldest daugter, 12
DODIE - her sister, 10
BILLEE - her brother, 8
MOTHER
FATHER
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), born in Madison, Wisconsin, and educated at Yale and Princeton, was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of his seven novels, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, and his next-to-last novel, The Eighth Day received the National Book ... view full profile

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