78 pgs. 2 female, 10 male
Inspired by the life of child-activist Iqbal Masih, this play celebrates the struggle and triumph of child workers in a Pakistani carpet factory. Under the harsh labor and stern eye of the factory master, Fatima and the other children discover ways to laugh and share moments of tenderness, but they have forgotten how to dream. So when a new boy joins their ranks and dares to rebel, he inspires them to help each other reach for a better life.
“Playwright Jerome Hairston tells the story with poetic potency. Over the course of the play, his language evolves to parallel the children’s conditions, from stiff and stilted to free-associative fluidity and lyric metaphors.” -Minneapolis Star Tribune
“I’m always thrilled by the amazing intelligence of children. Iqbal’s spirit and wit, his passion and fire charge us. With this play, we hope to give that same gift to our audience.” -Peter Brosius, Artistic Director, The Children’s Theatre Company
Winner of the 2010 AATE Distinguished Play Award
Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $85 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote
The royalty fee includes permission to make copies of the perusal script for your cast.