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5 Plays for High School Students
by Jonathan Potter
The Golden Chain (One
act in three scenes)— Based on an obscure Grimm’s fairy tale called “Hansel
and Grettle,” first published in 1823. The original can be found in Grimm’s
Fairy Tales, Puffin Books 1948. In a forest clearing, Buddy and his sister
Sylvia ‘secretly’ discuss how to deal with witch-like behavior of Martha,
their evil stepmother—they run away and discover a tree with a door in it.
While they’re exploring, Martha returns with bottles of fake spring-water
which she places in the forest clearing. Buddy drinks from a bottle and is
transformed into a deer. To help prevent him from being killed, Sylvia hangs
a gold chain around his neck. Friends Peter and Lyle arrive, hunting deer
and go after Buddy. Eventually, he is caught. Sylvia attempts to explain,
but the boys think she’s crazy, especially when Martha reappears, and
reinforces their thinking! Ultimately, Martha gets a dose of her own
medicine, and Buddy is released from his spell.
Jonathan Potter was born in Bridgeport (CT) and grew up in New England. Aside from childhood productions of folk and fairy-tales in cooperation with neighborhood children, his first contact with theatre was in high school, where he acted in Shakespeare and Chekhov. He continued working as an actor in college, and briefly joined an independent group for summer stock. After graduate school at Harvard and a summer at the Stratford Institute he began teaching and directing at a variety of small secondary schools, ran a traveling Commedia del’ Arte troupe, and eventually ended up in Maine, where he resides today. Along the way he began writing scripts for his students, community groups, and University players. Many of these have been performed locally, and several regionally. One was produced in New York City. Nine of his plays have been published.
Don't miss Jon Potter's book LOL: Commedia Dell'Arte - Ten Scenarios for Adventurous Actors, or his plays The Test, The Trunk, and The Most Awesome Sleep-Over in the History of the World
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