In the Garden of the Selfish Giant

In the Garden of the Selfish Giant $10.95

Sandra Fenichel Asher

Published by Dramatic Publishing

0 Male 4 Female

Eleven-year-old Maggie resents having to cancel her summer plans to accompany her mother and, as the play opens, Maggie has climbed a tree in her dying grandmother's long-unkempt garden and settled into what she thinks will be an unyielding sulk to spite her mother for the inconvenience

But into the garden come Allison and Brianna - one, a funny, warm and insightful Hospice worker; the other, an imaginative nine-year-old neighbor who hates unhappy endings and never lets the facts stand in the way of a good story, not even her rollicking rendition of Oscar Wilde's fairy tale about The Selfish Giant - a frightening and forbidding character who reminds her of Maggie's grandmother

Eventually, Allison and Brianna help unravel Maggie's bad mood, and mother/daughter rifts are mended

As summer draws to a close, Grandmother's expected death occurs, and, to Brianna's dismay, Maggie and Susan prepare to return home

Unhappy endings can't always be avoided, but understanding, forgiveness and friendship do eventually blossom like the roses in this garden of the "selfish giant"

One external set - runs about 45 minutes

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