Secrets by Joanna Halpert Kraus


Secrets by Joanna Halpert Kraus

When 13-year-old Lisa gets a phone call out of the blue telling her she was adopted as a baby, how will she come to terms with the shocking news? And what are the repercussions for her adoptive family and the mother she comes to know? A sensitive play about the issues surrounding adoption and its impact on the individuals concerned, Joanna H. Kraus's Secrets dramatises Lisa's tentative steps to discovering who she is, where she came from and where she might be going. With a large cast, the play is perfect for class performance in English or Drama lessons. The supporting resources by drama consultant Cecily O'Neill provide a full range of teaching suggestions and classroom activities.

About the Author

Joanna H. Kraus is an award-winning playwright of eighteen produced and published plays. THE ICE WOLF (Dramatic Publishing), and REMEMBER MY NAME (Samuel French) were both produced off-off Broadway. The former appears in several anthologies and has a Spanish version. Her latest script is PILOT CHRISTABEL (Dramatic Publishing). Kraus received the Charlotte Chorpenning Cup and the Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. She's written numerous articles, interviews and reviews for the media. In addition she's received commissions to dramatise history, among them, SUNDAY GOLD and ANGEL IN THE NIGHT. (Dramatic Publishing.) Picture books include A NIGHT OF TAMALES AND ROSES and BLUE TOBOGGAN (Shenanigan Books.) She lives in northern California with her husband, Ted. Currently, she's Correspondent for the Bay Area News Group, a member of The Dramatists Guild and is Professor Emeritus of the College at Brockport State University of New York.

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96 pages


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Publication date

5th March 2009



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