A Few Good Books

First… blowing our own horn… here are two Fringe Benefits play anthologies (Friendly Fire and Cootie Shots), and an anthology of essays about our work (Staging Social Justice).

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Here is a brief list of some books we have found helpful.


Baird, Robert M. & Rosenbaum, Stuart E., eds. Hatred, Bigotry and Prejudice: Definitions, Causes & Solutions. Amherst: Prometheus Books, 1999.

Blank, Carla, The Before Columbus Foundation. Rediscovering America: The Making of Multicultural America, 1900-2000. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.

Boal, Augusto. Games for Actors and Non-Actors, trans. A. Jackson. London: Routledge, 1992.

Cerf, Christopher, Hart, Carole, Klagsburn, Francine, Pogrebin, Letty Cottin, Rodgers, Mary and Thomas, Marlo, eds. Free to Be… You and Me and Free to Be… A Family. Philadelphia: Running Press,1974.

Cohen-Cruz, Jan, ed. Radical Street Performance: An International Anthology. London and New York: Routledge, 1998.

Fisher, Berenice Malka. No Angel in the Classroom: Teaching through Feminist Discourse. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2001.

Grady, Sharon. Diversity and Drama: A Pluralistic Perspective for Educational Drama. Portsmouth: Heinemann, 2000.

Joseph, Stephen M., ed. The Me Nobody Knows. New York: Avon Books, 1969.
(The musical based on the book, with music by Gary William Friedman and lyrics by Will Holt, won Obie and Drama Desk Awards in 1969 and 1970 and received five 1971 Tony nominations.)

MacDonald, Margaret Read. Peace Tales: World Folktales to Talk About. Hamden: Linnet Books, 1992.

Rohd, Michael. Theatre for Community, Conflict and Dialogue: The Hope Is Vital Training Manual. Portsmouth: Heinemann, 1998.

Schutzman, Mady and Cohen-Cruz, Jan, eds. Playing Boal: Theatre, Therapy, Activism. London and New York: Routledge, 1994.

Spolin, Viola. Theatre Games for the Classroom. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1963.

Teaching Tolerance Project. Starting Small: Teaching Tolerance in Preschool and the Early Grades. Montgomery: Southern Poverty Law Center, 1997.

The Freedom Writers with Gruwell, Erin. The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them. New York: Doubleday, 1999.

Weigler, Will. Strategies for Playbuilding: Helping Groups Translate Issues into Theatre. Portsmouth: Heinemann, 2001.