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Not Without Laughter

Langston Hughes, author
Syl Jones, playwright
Victor Zupanc, composer


104 pgs. 7 female, 4 male +ensemble
Originally produced in CTC’s 1996-1997 season
Run Time: 90 minutes
Audience Recommendation: 8+

Set in a small Kansas town, at the turn of the century, Not Without Laughter is a poignant story of an Africa-American boy’s coming of age, and the harsh and painful realities of life in segregated America. The story is told from the perspective of Sandy, a ten year old boy. Sandy grows up under the watchful eye of his grandmother, who tries to protect him from bad influences so he does not go astray. Sandy is an idealist, who has a voracious appetite for books. He dreams of using the power of words to change people. This is a story that weaves the magical qualities of humanity – pain, love, laughter.
“[Not Without Laughter] allows a glimpse into a secret place, the otherworld where a writer lives half his life.” –City Pages

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $75 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.

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