Theatre: Family Audiences

Several of these productions often grew out of collaborations with composers Peaslee and Damashek. In the case of Sir Gawain and Green Knight, the evolution from Williamstown Theatre Festival to a one-act opera came by way a commission from the Lincoln Center Institute and a New York off-Broadway production at Theatre at St Clements .

  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1-act opera)

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1-act opera)

    (composer - Richard Peaslee) Sensuous and mysterious, filled with adventure and sorcery, this Arthurian legend mixes high drama, romance, and danger.

  • Tanglewood Tales

    Tanglewood Tales

    Updated version, with music by Richard Peaslee, of Greek myths as retold by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

  • Creation Myths

    Creation Myths

    Traditional legends of the origins of life, music, and the universe itself. Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven. Directed by the author.

  • Jason and the Argonauts

    Jason and the Argonauts

    (Music by Barbara Damashek) 1-act musical telling the story of the romantic adventures of Jason and Medea, the sorceress who became his wife. Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven. Directed by the author.

  • aesop

    The Story of Aesop

    (a.k.a. The Life of Aesop, Dramatic Publishing) Multiple award-winning play combining the search for freedom of the slave known as 'Aesop' with selected fables that resonate with his struggle.

  • The Children's Crusade

    The Children's Crusade

    (music by Richard Peaslee) Based on a true story. First produced in New York for The First All Children's Theatre, The Children's Crusade broke new ground.

    " A giant step from the traditional sensibility ... once so prevalent in children's theater  "
              Mel Gussow - The New York Times

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    The Curse of Oedipus

    • Nominated Best Play, Best Production, including a LA Drama Critics Circle.
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    The Tempest

    • Version of the play by William Shakesepare for contemporary audiences
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    Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

    • Arthurian legend mixes high drama, romance, and danger.
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    C.S. Lewis Beyond Narnia

    • The story of his struggle to solve the mystery of earthly and divine love.
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    The Greeks

    • The story of the Trojan War as dramatized in 10 classic Greek plays, with Christopher Reeve as Achilles.
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    Hawthorne Country

    • Inspired by stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Allison Janney and Richard Thomas starred.