I write plays based on myths, fables, and fairytales for a wonderful magazine called Storyworks.
Published by Scholastic, Storyworks is read by over one million kids in their 3rd, 4th, and
5th grade classrooms. These plays are called Reader's Theater because they can be read aloud in
a classroom, and they include narrators who connect the parts of the story.
Some of the students’ favorite plays are:
Anansi the Spider, a West African folktale
The Tortoise and the Hare, an Aesop fable
Yeh Shen, a Chinese Cinderella story
The Emperor's New Clothes, a classic fariy tale
Below are some of my Storyworks plays.
A Greek myth about King Midas who loves his gold more than anything on earth – until he loses everything else.
In this Greek myth, Hercules’ strength amazes everyone. But can muscles alone make a hero?
Can this unlikely duo actually be friends in this Aesop fable?
A small spider uses his intelligence to triumph over larger animals in this West African folktale.
What can this Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale teach us about how we treat each other?
Aesop’s classic fable pits a speedy rabbit against a slow and steady turtle. Guess who wins?
A folktale based on the Mexican legend of Lucia Zenteno
A modern twist on Narcissus, a classic tale from Greek mythology.
Are you a snake, a dragon, or a rabbit? There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. Here’s the story of how it all began.
The true-life story of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American to earn a pilot’s license.
Three hungry strangers, three curious children, and a secret recipe bring a small village a big surprise in this folktale.