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Sandra Fenichel Asher

 

 

Sandra Fenichel Asher
E-Mail: sandyasher@gmail.com


PROFILE

I can remember writing plays as far back as 2nd grade and persuading my friends to perform them with me. Our teacher sent us on tour around the entire school. James G. Blaine, in Philadelphia, where I grew up, was a three-story brick building that housed kindergarten through 8th-grade classes. We did fine on the two elementary floors. But when we reached the top floor, where the big kids lurked, we got nervous. We lined up in front of our first 8th-grade audience-- and promptly collapsed into giggles. The teacher eventually asked us to leave the room. That was the end of our touring company. But it was the beginning of my playwriting career.

Eighth graders--and others!--have since enjoyed my plays in productions across the US and in Canada, England, Ireland, the Czech Republic, and Australia. One has been translated into Dutch and another into Chinese. I've written more than three dozen, including A WOMAN CALLED TRUTH, THE WOLF AND ITS SHADOWS, IN THE GARDEN OF THE SELFISH GIANT, KEEPING MR. LINCOLN, TOO MANY FROGS!, and JESSE AND GRACE: A BEST FRIENDS STORY, inspired by poems written with David L. Harrison. I've even written a play all about 8th graders, ROMEO AND JULIET--TOGETHER (AND ALIVE!) AT LAST, adapted from the book by Avi.

My plays have received the Bonderman Award, the AATE Distinguished Play Award, an "Outstanding Play" citation from ASSITEJ/USA, NETC's Aurand Harris Award, and the Joseph Campbell Memorial Award, presented by The Open Eye Theater. Most recently, I've been honored with AATE’s Charlotte Chorpenning Playwriting Award for a distinguished body of work in children’s theatre and an Aurand Harris Playwriting Fellowship from the Children's Theatre Foundation of America.

As Sandy Asher, I also write books for young readers. More about that at my other web page, http://usawrites4kids.drury.edu/authors/asher.

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PLAYS AVAILABLE


Jesse and Grace: A Best Friends StoryJESSE AND GRACE: A BEST FRIENDS STORY
Ages 3 to 10
Available from Dramatic Publishing
Photo credit: Pollyanna Theatre Company

Jesse and Grace have been best friends since birth. But now they’re in 4th grade and about to celebrate their 10th birthdays. When Grace writes a birthday poem and gives it to Jesse, their classmates respond with nonstop teasing: “Jesse’s got a girlfriend!  Gracie’s got a boyfriend!” Can boys and girls ever just be friends? Developed from the poetry of Sandy Asher and David L. Harrison; commissioned by Pollyanna Theatre Company. 1m, 1f, 2m or f, plus puppets play 21 roles. About 50 minutes. Area staging.



Keeping Mr. LincolnKEEPING MR. LINCOLN
Ages 9 to Adult
Available from Dramatic Publishing
Photo credit: Lexington Children’s Theatre

In this ensemble tour de force commissioned by Lexington Children’s Theatre Company, actors take turns playing Abraham Lincoln and important people in his Kentucky childhood, Indiana youth, and Illinois and Washington, DC, adulthood. Along with songs of the era, the script celebrates Lincoln’s remarkable life through his own words and those of people who knew him.  1m, 1f, 2m or f play 27 speaking roles, plus extras. One act. Area staging.



Too Many Frogs!TOO MANY FROGS!
Ages 3 to 8
Available from Dramatic Publishing

Based on the award-winning book.  Rabbit lives alone and likes it. Then along comes Froggie--fixing snacks and fluffing pillows. Too much fuss! But Froggie listens as Rabbit reads favorite folktales--all magically brought to life onstage. When Froggie invites dozens of cousins in for a story, Rabbit's patience runs out: Too many frogs! Or is it? One act. One set. 2m, 2 m or w plus puppets play 21 roles, plus extras.


Tell Your StoryTELL YOUR STORY: THE PLAYS AND PLAYWRITING OF SANDRA FENICHEL ASHER
Edited by Judy Matetzschk-Campbell and John Dilworth Newman

Middle School through Adult
Available from Dramatic Publishing

Contains A WOMAN CALLED TRUTH; ONCE, IN THE TIME OF TROLLS; IN THE GARDEN OF THE SELFISH GIANT; EVERYTHING IS NOT ENOUGH; TOO MANY FROGS!, and FAMILY MATTERS, plus commentary on their development. " . . . a unique overview of one of the most significant bodies of dramatic literature in the field of theatre for young audiences."



The Wolf and Its ShadowsTHE WOLF AND ITS SHADOWS
Ages 8 and up
Available from Dramatic Publishing

One night, Wolf and Dog travel toward Dog's home, where Wolf intends to seek employment,  Along the way, a hunter, a priest, and a shepherd each spin a tale of the evil wolf's foolishness and greed. Wolf responds with very different stories of her own. By dawn, she and Dog understand the influence of stories and the high price of freedom.  One act; area staging, 1f, 2m use masks and puppets to play 18 roles.


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EVENTS

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE FESTIVAL OF THE OZARKS


Held Annually in in the Fall
Springfield, MO

A dozen authors and illustrators visit with school groups, teachers, and librarians during the day and at an autographing party in the evening.

Contact: Tanya Perretta at tperretta@spsmail.org

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE FESTIVAL


Held Annually in the Spring
Warrensburg, MO

More than 40 authors and illustrators from around the country visit with schoolchildren, teachers, and librarians, including a huge autographing party.

Contact: Naomi Williamson at Williamson@libserv.ucmo.edu

AMERICAN ALLIANCE FOR THEATRE AND EDUCATION CONFERENCE

Held Annually in Midsummer

Four days of panels, performances, presentations, exhibitors, and a lively Playwrights Slam--all by and for artists and educators devoted to Theatre for Young Audiences and the dramatic arts in our schools!

Contact: http://www.aate.com, info@aate.com

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