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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Full Length Play, Comedy

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Jay Presson Allen

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 15f

ISBN: 9780573614279

"Fascinating in its insights into a marvelously portrayed eccentric human being." - The New York Times

"Endearing, hilarious, lovely, perceptive, and splendid" - The New York Daily News

"A dramatic intelligent and …

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Miss Brodie is a teacher, a formidable figure who molds young minds to her form. And what is more, she is so intensely interesting that the girls admire her above all else. But Miss Brodie is not honest. She prevaricates and then tells the girls to do as she tells them, not as she does herself. She is having an affair with the music teacher and has had one with the art teacher, and this is not the most exemplary conduct. A fantastic letter which some of her students write in her name to her lover falls into the headmistress' hands. Dismissal is averted by Miss Brodie's indomitable pluck as she threatens to sue for libel. One girl grows too wise too soon and turns on Miss Brodie.
"Fascinating in its insights into a marvelously portrayed eccentric human being. " - The New York Times "Endearing, hilarious, lovely, perceptive, and splendid" - The New York Daily News "A dramatic intelligent and merciless study of character." - The New York Post


4m, 15f

Jay Presson  Allen

Jay Presson Allen

Jay Presson Allen, Oscar-nominated screenwriter was born Jacqueline Presson in San Angelo, Texas on March 3, 1922. At the age of 18, she decided to become an actress in New York City. The charms of the profession soon paled and she married in the early 1940s, moving to southern California.Disenchanted with acting, she saw writing as a way of becoming financially independent and enabling to leave ... view full profile

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Calen Cabler 11/20/2014 8:54 AM
This script is so beautifully and vividly written. The language sucks you in, and the story certainly does not disappoint. It really shows the power that people have over over others, and how one piece of advice, or one misspoken decision can change your life--or another person's life--forever.
Sarah Weber 4/23/2013 9:38 PM
Within Jean Brodie’s first few lines, I am not only reminded of the energy which makes her so fatefully attractive to other characters, but also the manipulative zeal which makes her notorious – “Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for life.” Jay Presson Allen’s attention to character is prevalent in her dialogue alone. Although The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie tends towards wordiness, the attention to subtleties in word choice adds to the play’s appeal. Brodie’s artfully crafted persuasions, and the way Sandy ultimately dissects and uses those persuasions against her, makes their mentor-mentee relationship fascinating to watch. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie explores the fine line between education and miseducation, between right and wrong, between teaching impressionable minds and molding impressionable minds. Watching Miss Brodie and listening to her self-absorbed rants to her students serves as a disturbing example of how much sway adults can hold over children’s futures. But, at the same time, Sandy’s rebuttal by the play’s end offers a beacon of hope that impressionable minds are capable of stepping out of their molds and forging ideas of their own.

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