Making Book

by  Janet Reed

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 3f

"Clever.... A welcome satire on political correctness." - New Yorker

"The slippery ethics of the textbook industry must provide a veritable roller coaster ride for the sensitive soul." - New York Post

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Making Book

by  Janet Reed

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    2m, 3f

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This hilarious, biting satire centers around a feisty, idealistic teacher whose frustration with textbooks unexpectedly lands her a job as editor of a fifth grade American history book. Ellen wants "to bring history to the people ... like Barbara Tuchman." She finds that creating this text is about selling to school districts while not offending any group. She becomes outraged when forced to omit a historical figure because he had a dicey background: he drank. Ellen gets little help from her ambitious assistant and her chic, bitter supervisor. And the V.P. of the department, a sleazy, sexist, sexually harassing incompetent, is no help at all. Ellen's last hope is that the author, famous historian Professor Gregory Chrichton, will come to her defense and show them all how to reach students with the book. In a wickedly funny climax, she confronts the business of education and learns the difference between selling textbooks and teaching children.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Clever.... A welcome satire on political correctness." - New Yorker

"The slippery ethics of the textbook industry must provide a veritable roller coaster ride for the sensitive soul." - New York Post

Keywords

Business

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Setting: Ellen Winston's classroom, and the offices of Stroniker Publishing Huse, Inc. in New York City. End of 1988 school year to beginning of 1990 school year.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m, 3f

ELLEN WINSTON - 30s.
JOEL BRAUN - Late 30s.
MEGAN CALEMBER - Mid-30s.
KELLY CLARK - Early 30s.
DR. GREGORY CHRICHTON, Ph.D. - 40s.

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Janet Reed

Janet Reed

Making Book was first produced in New York City by Primary Stages in February 1992; Casey Childs, Artistic Director; Susan Einhorn, Director.

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