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Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: Katherine Snodgrass
Publisher: Samuel French (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 36
Pub. Date: 1999
Edition: Acting
ISBN-10: 0573632545
ISBN-13: 9780573632549
Cast Size: 3 female

About the Play:

Haiku is a one-act drama by Katherine Snodgrass. This sublimely beautiful play deals with the subject of Autism up front and personal and not as a mere case number. Haiku is about a mother's love, one sister's struggle with doing what is right and another sister who may have a brilliant artist trapped inside her damaged mind.

Haiku is about family, faith and miracles. Louise is a young woman with Autism who is at brief intervals miraculously "normal" and sometimes so super normal that she speaks in beautiful haiku poetry. Her mother, Nell, has published the poems under her own name. When an older daughter, Billie, visits, she refuses to believe that her Louise composed the extraordinary poems. The issues of compassion and understanding are evident in this heartwarming one-act.

Haiku premiered in 1989 at Temple University Center City (TUCC) Stage III in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as part of The Philadelphia Theatre Company's Celebration of New Plays. The play won the prestigious Heidemann Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville and has been performed around the world in regional repertory, high school, college, and community theatre productions and translated into German, Portuguese, and Gaelic.

Cast: 3 female

About the Playwright:

Kate Snodgrass is the Artistic Director of Boston Playwrights' Theatre and of the Elliot Norton Award-winning Boston Theater Marathon (which she co-founded). She is a Professor of the Practice of Playwriting in the renowned English Department of Boston University. A Playwriting Fellow with the Huntington Theatre Company, she is the author of the much-anthologized play Haiku.