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Cavern of the Jewels

Cavern of the Jewels
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: John Heuer
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 60
Pub. Date: 1976
ISBN-10: 0822201933
ISBN-13: 9780822201939

About the Play:

Cavern of the Jewels is a full-length children's play by John Heuer. Commissioned by the New York State Council on the Arts for production by New York City's noted Circle Repertory Company, this highly original and stimulating play brings bright humour and professional skill to its tale of selfish parents taught a lesson in life by their children.

Cavern of the Jewels is a play for young audiences. The greedy Buncharot, a nasty blustering tycoon, treats his small son and daughter like servants while his wife clucks over him and dotes on the fortune he has amassed. Sent out to search for strawberries, the children go off to the forest, where they befriend two enchanting forest gnomes, Peri and Ponke, who live in a cavern and guard the treasure of glittering jewels from which Nature draws its brilliant colours. The gnomes give their new friends a gigantic emerald, and Buncharot, once he lays eyes on it, realizes that the children have stumbled across the richest treasure in the world. He and the unscrupulous Reverend Archer plot to seize all the jewels and, for a time, they apparently succeed. But the children, along with Peri, Ponke and their woodland allies, soon outwit the thieving adults – restoring Nature's Treasure to its rightful guardians while teaching Buncharot and his cronies a lesson they will not soon forget.

Cavern of the Jewels was first presented in 1976 by the Circle Repertory Company in New York City.

Cast: 3 women, 2 men, 2 girls, 2 boys

What people say:

"So much of children's theater is earthbound and derivative, it dulls rather than stimulates the imagination. Therefore it is refreshing to come upon such a fanciful play as John Heuer's Cavern of the Jewels." — New York Times

About the Playwright:

John Michael Heuer is an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter. He also wrote for many television shows, including several popular soaps like Another World, Guiding Light, and As the World Turns. A 14-year resident playwright for the famed Circle Repertory Company, he lives with his wife in the Hudson River village of Hastings-On-Hudson.

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