Move over Junie B. Jones, here comes Dory! She has a BIG personality and an imagination to match. It’s tough being the baby of the family. Her sister and brother won’t play with her, everyone ignores her important questions and there are monsters living all over the house—like scary Mrs. Gobble Gracker. With the help of her imaginary friends, can Dory face the truth and finally get the one thing she wants most?
Previews: May 22-29, 2020
Regular Performances: May 30- June 7, 2020
Recommendation: Age 4+. Theatre for Young Audiences … and Their Families is just that, a multi-generational experience for all ages (unfortunately, no children under the age of four and babes-in-arms will be admitted). The only requirement is that each audience member occupies a seat and sits quietly through the performance while having a wonderful time.
Running Time: Theatre for Young Audiences performances are never more than 90 minutes.
John Glore has been SCR’s associate artistic director since 2005. He is an award-winning playwright whose work for young audiences includes Wind of a Thousand Tales, Folktales Too, Rhubarb Jam, The Day After Evermore and adaptations of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and The Night Fairy. His adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time debuted at SCR in 2010 and has since moved on to more than a dozen productions nationwide. His plays for adults include On the Jump, The Company of Heaven, Preludes and Fugues and City Sky (a scenario for a dance piece). With the performance trio Culture Clash, he has co-authored adaptations of two plays by Aristophanes, The Birds and Peace. His work has been produced at South Coast Repertory, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Children’s Theatre Company, the Coterie, the Getty Villa and elsewhere. He received a 2000 Playwrights Fellowship from the California Arts Council and has occasionally taught playwriting and related subjects at UCLA and Pomona College.
Abby Hanlon is the author and illustrator of Dory Fantasmagory, a series of chapter books for five to eight year olds, published by Dial/Penguin Random House. The first book in the series was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly and Parents Magazine. It won a Golden Kite Honor for Fiction and is an American Library Association Notable Book. The sequel, Dory and the Real True Friend, won a 2015 Cybils Award. The books have been translated in 22 languages and are Junior Library Guild selections. Hanlon has a BA from Barnard College and a MA in childhood education from the City College of New York. She has taught creative writing and first grade in the New York City public school system. Her debut picture book, Ralph Tells a Story (2012), is widely used by elementary school teachers. Hanlon lives in Brooklyn with her husband, 12-year-old twins and scruffy dog Caroline.