Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM (9 May 1860 - 19 June 1937) was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. The child of a family of small-town weavers, he was educated in Scotland. He moved to London, where he developed a career as a novelist and playwright. There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him in writing about a baby boy who has magical adventures in Kensington Gardens (included in The Little White Bird), then to write Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, a "fairy play" about this ageless boy and an ordinary girl named Wendy who have adventures in the fantasy setting of Neverland. This play quickly overshadowed his previous work and although he continued to write successfully, it became his best-known work, credited with popularising the name Wendy, which was very uncommon previously. Barrie unofficially adopted the Davies boys following the deaths of their parents. Before his death, he gave the rights to the Peter Pan works to Great Ormond Street Hospital, which continues to benefit from them. -wikipedia
This is a comedy in two acts for 13 actors and s number of non-speaking dancers and extras. It takes about two hours to perform including an intermission. It is written in iambic verse. The script includes stage directions, props and set designs. The play is set in the present but invokes images and themes of the Old West. The story is about a widow (Sally Starr) who owns a ranch left to her by her recently deceased husband (Abe), who also narrates the play as a ghost. The principal protagonists is a grifter (Jehovah Smith) who tries to steal the ranch by stealth. Sally's three puppets, who can talk but only by telling jokes, enlist the town sheriff (Butch Able) to defeat the scam. Meanwhile a Buddhist monk cowboy (Joe de la Paz) comes to town, shares wisdom from the Buddha as comic relief, and is hired by Sally to work at the ranch. The monk persuades Sally and the puppets to go explore for space aliens who were the source of the puppets' enchantment. Smith meets a barmaid (Mabel), with whom he engages in a hilarious, sleazy romance. They are interrupted by Smith's Chicago lawyer (Sophie Bannisher) Who seeks to secure her share of the loot from the ranch scam. But Sophie's jealous husband, Josh, surprises her. Accused on infidelity, Sophie reassures him that his doubts are unfounded and that he should keep an eye on Smith. Thereafter the 8 principals travel to the tree from which the puppets were carved. Beneath the tree they discover a space ship from whom two aliens emerge. The puppets now come alive as the children of the aliens. But Smith gets the drop on the sheriff and threatens to kill everyone. Josh then gets the jump on Smith, incidentally finding gold on the ranch. Sophie then turns her gun on Josh and the others, and instructs Smith to kill everyone again. But before he can do so, the aliens get the drop on them and save the day. An epilogue follows.
David is frightened of the sea, but when he finds a conch shell, he can hear the sea trapped inside. This beautifully illustrated story takes the reader into a child's fantasy world. 1985 CBC Book of the Year Award Shortlisted.
All young Bertram wants for his birthday is to know more about his family's past. He's spent his entire life with his father, Alexis, and sister, Blasa, in the idyllic village of South Ridge, but there's always been a shroud of mystery that's kept them separated from the outside world. Now, Bertram is finally getting answers to the questions he was never allowed to ask and it's not a moment too soon. Off in the distance, a low rumble echoes across the fields towards South Ridge, as thousands of men march steadily toward a fated moment that's been years in the making...
A Debt Paid in the Marriage Bed Angelina's world is shattered when Lorenzo Ricci walks through the door of her engagement party and demands she call off the wedding-because she's still married to him! She left the formidable Italian to save her heart, now with her family business at stake, Angelina must consider his terms...In need of an heir, Lorenzo will use any means to reclaim his wayward wife and return her to their marriage bed. He'll make her debts disappear if she repays him...in desire! The chemistry may be alive and well between them, but can they survive their tempestuous reunion unscathed? The Forgotten Gallo Bride Zara Falconer's convenient wedding to tycoon Tomas Gallo freed her from her mercenary uncle. She believes their vows were swiftly annulled but, unbeknownst to Zara, a car crash wiped Tomas's memory before he could release her from their agreement. Grateful to her rescuer, Zara agrees to be housekeeper at Tomas's English mansion while he recovers. Prowling the corridors is the tortured shadow of a commanding man - who she's shocked to discover is still her husband! Being in close proximity to Tomas again awakens a powerful longing between them. Will this intense hunger remind him of the ties that bind them?
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