The Theater

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Drama is a special kind of art where literature, visual art, performance, and sometimes music combine. This mini-anthology’s literary selections explore the experience of the theater from many perspectives, including those of actors, playwrights, and theatergoers. The accompanying articles and activities examine the creative processes that go into putting on a play and encourage children and young adults to engage in these processes themselves.


They All Want to Play Hamlet by Carl Sandburg
Her Opinion of the Play by Marc Cook
A Legend by May Kendall

Dramatic Passage
Our revels now are ended by William Shakespeare

from The Complete Dramatist by A. A. Milne

Theater Terms
Famous Theaters

Performing a Play
Memorizing a Monologue

Further Reading
Guide to Illustrations

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