The 52nd Street Project
To order the complete kit, click on The
52nd Street Project Kid Theater Kit for an order
page. To order individual titles from the Kid Theater Kit,
click on the book titles or covers below.
Nationally recognized as an innovative force in theater for young
people, The 52nd Street Project has created both acting and playwriting
programs for children. Visit The
52nd Street Project website.
The Acting Programs
- The One-on-Ones — each youngster
is paired with an adult professional playwright who writes a
one-act play for the youngster and playwright to perform together.
- The Two-on-Twos — an adult
playwright creates a play for two experienced Project youngsters
to perform together.
The Playmaking Program
The Playmaking Program is a series of playwriting classes for
the students. The curriculum, devised by writer/educator Daniel
Judah Sklar, offers the youngsters a medium through which they
can express a personal vision.
The Playmaking Program is divided into three steps:
1. Playmaking, the initial eight-week session begins with
classes in basic playwriting and ends with the youngster writing
a play for two actors. These plays are subsequently performed.
2. Replay, the sequel eight-week course where the Playmaking
graduates are challenged to write their second and third play
while learning plot and character development; and
3. Playback, where the Project's most experienced writing
and acting students are matched with a playwright, and each
write a play to perform together.
The impulse to recreate the Project stemmed from inquiries from
theaters, community organizations and individuals throughout the
country wishing to start a Project of their own. The Project staff
has developed a manual complete with lesson plans and supporting
materials (described below) to help you start your own Project.
THE 52ND STREET PROJECT KID THEATER KIT: PLAYS, PROJECTS AND
PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE is designed for those interested in
recreating this imaginative program. Each volume is designed to
lay flat when open to facilitate copying. The kit consists of:
- The "How To" manual 52
Pick-Up: A Practical Guide to Doing Theater with Children
- The Teen Ensemble: A Practical Guide
to Doing Theater with Teenagers
- Three collections of ten-minute one-act
plays (45 in all) for children to perform
- A collection of six plays written by
kids from the 52nd Street Project
- A 30-minute video of the documentary
"Three Minutes from Broadway: The Story of the 52nd Street
Project," which gives an inside look at the 52nd Street
Project in action (Video shipped separately.)
- The commitment of up to five hours of
telephone consultations with the Project staff
The entire kit is available for $150.00. Click on The
52nd Street Project Kid Theater Kit for an order page.
Individual titles from the Kid Theater Kit may also be purchased
separately. Click on the titles below for order pages. (Please
note that THE DINOSAUR MUSICAL and QUARK VICTORY, as described
on the 52nd Street Project Page in the 2005-2006 Complete Catalogue
of Plays, are no longer available for purchase or performance.
The price for the Kid Theater Kit has been adjusted accordingly.)
52 Pick-Up: A Practical Guide to Doing Theater with Children
The Project's "How To" manual written by founder/artistic
director Willie Reale consists of a series of recipes for
its programs in a simple, no-nonsense, step-by-step fashion.
Along with that are comprehensive descriptions of all the
Project's writing and acting programs for children, as well
as detailed advice on working with children in theatrical
contexts. Incorporated in the manual are Daniel Judah Sklar's
"Playmaking Lesson Plans," which cover basic and
second-level playwriting courses for children and adults.
A third component of the manual are plans and schematics
of scenic designer Kevin Joseph Roach's "Instant Set,"
upon which most of the Project's productions are staged.
The guide is available for $35.00.
Teen Acting Ensemble: A Practical Guide to Doing Theater with Teenagers
This companion “How To” manual to 52 Pick-Up,
written by Project “Teen Dean” Chris Ceraso
with commentary by Associate Artistic Director Michael Bernard,
provides a carefully structured week-by-week program of
acting classes, rehearsals and performances. The plan, developed
in association with Willie Reale, uses basic professional-level
acting technique and ensemble skills to form a company of
teenagers. Included are examples of teen-authored plays
based on Shakespeare sonnets as well as a ninety-minute
adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The guide
is available for $15.00.
Butler Did It! is a collection of twenty short plays
with music written for the One-on-One Program, conceived
as a means to create an opportunity for a child to star
in his or her own play. Some of the authors included in
this volume are Craig Lucas, Charles Dumas, Katharine Long,
Willie Reale, Peter MacNicol, Jacquelyn Reingold and Lewis
Black. The composer is Henry Krieger. Over a week in the
summer, two troupes of children and professional playwrights
retreat to a country setting where the playwright is asked
to mine the particular charms of his or her child partner
and imbue a fictional character with those traits. Somewhere
in these twenty plays there is certain to be a role to suit
nearly any child's personality and level of skill. The twenty
plays with songs were written for an adult, a child with
each featuring a cameo role for an adult "Butler."
This collection is available for $30.00.
Bedtime Zone is a collection of twenty
more short plays from the One-on-one Program. Some of the
authors included in this volume are Cindy Lou Johnson, Willie
Reale, Donald Margulies, Richard Dresser, Nancy Giles and
James McDaniel. These plays, all dealing with the supernatural,
are two character plays for children to perform with adults,
and do not contain music. This collection is available for
for Pairs is a collection of five one-act plays written
to challenge the more experienced young actors in the Project's
program. The authors in this volume include Donald Margulies,
Cindy Lou Johnson, Thomas Babe, Willie Reale and Jose Rivera.
These plays were written for the Two-on-Two Program and
offer two children leading roles in comedies. The recommended
age level for these plays is ten to fourteen years-old.
This collection is available for $15.00.
Spring Thing is a collection of six
two-character plays by student writers to be performed by
experienced actors. The writers are all graduates of the
Playmaking Program where they took an eight-week class in
which youngsters learn the basic tenets of how to write
a play and how to tap into their imaginations and emotional
lives in order to write a play. This collection is available