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Ladutke, Rachel Rubin (American playwright, director, 1967-____), “Different Gifts,”

a 10-minute children’s theatre drama in English, set in the hallway of a school, around noon on a school day, the present,

3m or 3f or any combination,

  •  © 1998 by Rachel Rubin Ladutke;  •  script/rights available from Rachel Rubin Ladutke, 30-27 41st Street, #2R, Astoria, New York 11103-3423, U.S.A., e-mail rachel@rachelwrites.com, www.rachelwrites.com, telephone (home) 718-721-6083, (work) 212-875-7785, fax 718-721-7709.  •  Cited by Rachel Rubin Ladutke, via ftp September 9, 1998; Ladutke says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Randy (m or f), a shy student; Jamie (m or f), a popular student; Alex (m or f), an outgoing student.

  §  Synopsis “All three of the children, who are friends, have tried out for the school play.  When they get the results, they are surprised that quiet, shy Randy has gotten the leading role; popular Jamie has gotten a small part; and outgoing Alex hasn’t even been cast in the play.  This triggers quarrelling among the friends.  Eventually, they realize that each of
them has ‘different gifts’ and can use them to help each other instead of letting the jealousy destroy their friendship.

  §  Comment “To be performed by children as well as by adults for children.”

  §  Themes childhood, educational theatre, friendship, individuality, jealousy, popularity, school play, shyness, talent.
 

See also Rachel Rubin Ladutke’s
  • Allegro,” a 40-minute drama in English, set in the kitchen of the family home in Connecticut and in an adoption agency in New York City, U.S.A., December, 1966 through June, 1967, 4f (with doubling)
  • Coda,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in the kitchen of a farmhouse in Connecticut, U.S.A., June, 1978, 2f
  • Coffee With Pearl,” a 12-minute drama in English, set on the streets of New York City, U.S.A., a winter afternoon, 2001, 1f
  • Prelude,” a 10-minute comedy-drama in English, set in Western Connecticut, U.S.A., Sunday, July, 1946, 2f
  • Rondo,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in the kitchen of a  farmhouse in Connecticut, U.S.A., an afternoon in September, 1957, 1m1f
  • Sowing The Seeds,” a 60-minute drama in English, set in Western Connecticut, U.S.A., noon, July, 1994, through noon the next day, 1m3f
  • Wheelies,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in a studio apartment in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A., an afternoon in May, 1998, 1m1f
  • The Wisest of Fools,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in the Rabbi's study, Chelm, a town in Poland populated by fools, Eighteenth Century, 3m1f
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