Anyone eager to find the "right" play, whether it be for study, production, reading or enriching the curriculum of other disciplines, will be grateful to the author for this guide. Unlike the typical play catalog, the guide is organized to provide the reader instant access to a rich range of information necessary for an in-depth, though brief, understanding of worthwhile, selected short plays.

The guide is organized in a logical order with great attention paid to the dramaturgical terminology; appropriate sections, such as the "author index" and "title index," are conveniently arranged in alphabetical order. The author presents the reader with several unique sections. He has identified twenty-five theme programs; that is, he suggests a series of plays which focus on a central idea or theme which one could develop into a viable program for study or presentation. Attention is paid to the works of ethnic writers. The carefully selected plays are multi-cultural in scope, including contemporary as well as classic titles.

Dr. Heniford's unusual and prodigious experience in the production of short plays and his expertise in research, as well as in educational and theatrical fields, are melded together to provide the reader with a valuable, easily accessible research tool. The overburdened librarian or classroom teacher will find this guide indispensable.

I wish this guide had been available some forty years ago when I embarked on my teaching career, which included experiences in secondary education and university settings. Today, I would urge college professors to place this guide at the service of cadet student teachers, who would benefit from it in numerous ways. Application of its principles will light up the classroom and make learning a truly rewarding time of life.

_Samuel Elkind, Ph.D.
Professor of Theatre Arts, Emeritus
San Francisco State University
Past President, California Educational Theatre Association
Coauthor, Drama/Theatre Framework for California Public Schools

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1/2/3/4 for the Show: A Guide to Small-Cast One-Act Plays

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